Unsuspecting travellers bring in plants, animals, animal products, food and other agricultural items that can contain harmful pests and diseases. “Don’t Pack a Pest” is the result of partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve […]Read more
Objective: To provide participants with an overview of phytosanitary principles to better enable their countries to safeguard against invasive species from a regulatory standpoint, while competing in the international marketplace. The meeting provides a forum for establishing a much needed technical advisory group comprised of the CARICOM Chief Plant Health Directors. This group will make […]Read more
As countries “Raised their Voices and Not the Sea Level” in celebration of World Environment Day, and commemorated World Oceans Day under the theme “Together We Have the Power to Protect the Oceans”, UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme has committed to develop the first State of Marine Environment Report for the Caribbean Sea. Read more: UNEP […]Read more
KINGSTON (JAMAICA): Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of the candy-striped predator with a mane of venomous […]Read more
What are IAS?
Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are organisms whose introduction and/or spread impacts human health and well being; disrupts trade and threaten biological diversity.
Currently, the following threats pose a serious risk to biodiversity
Caribbean Working Groups
Currently in the Caribbean, three (3) distinct Invasive Alien Species (IAS) working groups have been established to address mitigation of Invasive Alien Species. These groups encompass the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Legislation and Policy Issues
Currently model state law is being drafted for invasive species detection, control, and management. This model state law provides the statutory framework for a comprehensive program to address invasive non-native species.