moef Ashok Ashok Embassy NEA

Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law

You are Here:

Invasive Alien Species

Invasive alien species (IAS) are microbes, plants and animals that are non-native to an ecosystem causing economic or environmental harm and/or which adversely affect the ecosystem and human health. In particular, they adversely impact biodiversity, causing decline or elimination of native species - through competition, predation, or transmission of pathogens and the disruption of local ecosystems and ecosystem functions. Invasive Alien Species, introduced and/or spread outside their natural habitats, have affected native biodiversity in almost every type of ecosystem on earth and are the second greatest threat to biodiversity.

Under this theme, experiences in terms of legal and policy development with respect to Invasive Alien Species will be shared by involving concerned sectors from India and Norway. Using Norway’s experience of developing a national policy and action plans to deal with Invasive Alien Species. CEBPOL will develop a national management plan on IAS in consultation with all relevant agencies in India. Accordingly, stakeholders will be trained on the implementation of National Invasive Alien Species strategy besides focusing on capacity building for customs, quarantine and port officials.

Work Plan for 2015

A background/review document will be prepared on the impact of the Invasive Alien Species on the Forest, Aquatic and Agro ecosystems. Consultative meetings will be organized to finalize the background document and to develop a database on the list of Invasive Alien Species in India. Also a study report will be prepared on the challenges involved in managing the Invasive Alien Species in India.