Outline for an Approach to a North American Strategy for Invasive Species
This proposed approach to a North American strategy on invasive alien
species will be considered by the governments of
(1) Enhancing effectiveness and/or expanding scope of existing approaches for prevention and control, identifying gaps in coverage among existing international mechanisms, and/or looking for opportunities to address these gaps.
Existing mechanisms that would help to achieve this include:
· North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), the Organization International des Epizooties (OIE), and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
· The Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management. Explore opportunities to further work on information sharing technologies on invasive alien species and collaboration to reduce the introduction, spread, and impacts of IAS, including wild life pathogens.
· Collaboration among the CEC with the U.S.-Canada
International Joint Commission (IJC), the
(2) Boosting cooperation among the three countries through communication and information exchange, education and outreach, research, technical capacity-building, and international collaborations. Initiatives that would help to achieve this include:
· Reducing spread of existing invasive species within
· Expanding education and outreach programs in the three countries to raise awareness internationally. This could be achieved by coordinating with bilateral and trilateral programs, educational institutions and advisory bodies.
· Building and strengthening the research and technical capacity required to prevent, manage, identify, assess and rapidly respond to the threats posed by invasive species.
· Fostering cooperation between governments, international and nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector in order to expand efforts to provide data, methods, and technologies to prevent, detect, assess, and control invasive species.