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Regional Seas and Invasive Species

UNEP RSP is currently supporting the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) for the development of:

1. a brochure on Marine Invasive Species and the Regional Seas Programme and

2. a needs assessment in the Regional Seas programmes on Marine and Coastal IAS.

The objective of these activities is to increase information and awareness on Marine and Coastal IAS and on UNEP RSP and to use the product as a possible aid to fundraising, and to conduct a needs assessment to determine prioritized and quantified needs of the countries in the RSPs for capacity building and related management aspects to improve IAS management capacity in the regions.

Training Course on the Management of Marine and Coastal Invasive Species

A pilot Training was held in Tanzania by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) and UNEP, to text the Training Toolkit on the Management of Marine and Coastal Invasive Species developed by GISP and RSP. The training was attended by participants from all the contracting parties to the Nairobi Convention (East Africa), which included scientists, managers as well as representatives from ports authorities. An independent evaluator attended the course and asked the participants to evaluate all the different modules of the course, as well as the overall course. Using these evaluations, the toolkit will be amended and finalized and then used for implementation in other regional seas regions. [Download]

Joint Workshop on Marine Invasive Species

In June RSP, CBD and GISP jointly organized a workshop on the development of a joint Work Programme on Marine Invasive Species from 27-29 June 2005 in Montreal, Canada hosted by the CBD Secretariat.

The workshop was be attended by representatives from four Regional Seas programmes (Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean and ROPME regions) and partner organizations including IUCN, WWF, TNC, RAMSAR Convention. Absent were FAO and IMO. The representatives of the Regional Seas programmes presented their past, current and future activities on MIAS.

The workshop covered 4 working groups:

1. Prevention- Unintentional Introduction;
2. Prevention – Intentional Introductions (Mariculture, Fisheries and Aquaria);
3. Post-Border Management;
4. Cross cutting Issues.

For each of the working groups a report was prepared including gaps and needs identified, areas of duplication and possibilities for collaboration and a plan of action to address the gaps, proposing lead agencies, funding possibilities and a possible time frame. GISP will consolidate the 4 reports into one report and workplan with clear future activities and way forward and roles of the different actors.

Some concrete recommendations for RSP from the workshop are:

  • From the working groups the need was identified to assess the current need and capacity within the different Regional Seas programmes on MIAS.
  • The Regional Seas programmes were identified as possible existing platforms, both institutional and legal for assisting in implementing and coordinating activities on MIAS in the regions (this has do be done on a case to case basis)
  • RSP was also identified to play a role in awareness raising on this issue
  • RSP could support GISP for the preparation of a (global) Information kit on MIAS
  • To include MIAS into the RSP activities on Marine Litter (ML is a vector for MIAS)
  • Consider supporting GISP in developing more specialized training courses on specific MIAS issues, using the general training course as starting point and to pilot these in several RSP regions
  • To consider the possibility of supporting (financially) some regions (such as CAR) in regional activities on MAIS, such as implementing the training course that RSP and GISP developed.

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