Invasive species funding ‘needs tripling’, say MPs

The government must reverse chronic underfunding in biosecurity measures and establish a new inspectorate to deal with the threat invasive species pose to the UK’s environment and economy, MPs have said.

Non-native invasive species cost the UK economy £1.8bn every year, according to government figures. Experts believe the UK is home to around 2,000 non-native species, with about 10-15% of these deemed invasivel. According to DEFRA’s own estimates, between 36 and 48 new invasive species will become established in the next 20 years in Great Britain. 

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EU Regulation 1143/2014/EU: On the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species

In force/
Current
Legislation
EU
Published
05 Nov 2014

Commentary

12/02/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/223) published, in relation to this EU Regulation’s effect in the UK only.

Compliance Dates

01/01/2015 Comes into force

Characteristics

Subject

Land and development Wildlife and conservation

Source

EU OJ (Official Journal of the European Union)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Transport Shipping Offices Real Estate and Public Administration Public Sector Education and Research Conservation Land Management and Landscaping
ECM

EU Regulation 1143/2014/EU: On the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: EU

Commentary:

12/02/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/223) published, in relation to this EU Regulation’s effect in the UK only.

Compliance:

01/01/2015 Comes into force

Following an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) inquiry into the threat invasives pose to the UK, the cross-party group of MPs concluded that slowing the rate of arrival of invasive species should be the government’s first priority and that “even the smallest biosecurity measures are worth taking”.

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