Invasive alien species are one of the five major direct drivers of biodiversity loss globally, alongside land- and sea-use change, direction exploitation of organisms, climate change, and pollution.
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have published a new report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control, on Monday 4th September 2023. The new report helps support decision-makers understand the current status and trends of invasive alien species, their impacts, their drivers, management, and options for policy to deal with the challenges they pose.
Journalists joined us for this briefing to hear an overview of the findings of the report, and in particular, the aspects that have relevance to the UK.
You can find more information about the report here: https://www.ipbes.net/ipbes-10/primers
Dr Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, IPBES
Prof Helen Roy, Ecologist at UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), and co-chair of the IPBES Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species
This Briefing was accompanied by an SMC Roundup of Comments.