EU commission adopts list of invasive species
Earlier this month, the European Commission adopted a list of invasive species, which includes 37 species that can cause catastrophic damage biologically and economically. By adopting this list, Member States are able to take the necessary steps of eradication and prevention.
More than 12,000 non-native species are present in the EU. Only about 15% of these are invasive; which can cause biodiversity loss of the natural, native species. Those included on the recently approved list will now be subject to restrictions on ownership, importing, selling, growing and breeding.
These restrictions will go into effect 20 days after the list has been officially published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The list will be continuously updated as new species are identified and changes to local ecosystems have been observed. For more information, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/invasivealien/index_en.htm.