The URBIS Dialogues

Invasive alien species (IAS) are a pervasive force in cities around the world, an endless headache for biodiversity managers on the ground and cost billions of Euros worth of damage each year. These problem species wreak havoc with ecosystems and are one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide, with their effects only expected to worsen with predicted climate change

Action must be taken, but how do we deal with IAS and mitigate their detrimental effects in the face of oncoming environmental change?

To strengthen exchange of knowledge and take action towards eradicating IAS in cities, the IUCN in collaboration with ICLEI and the URBIS partners are hosting an URBIS Dialogue on:

Managing invasive alien species at the local level: insights and best practices.

Wednesday, June 12th 2013 at 3:30-5:30pm

This is an online event.

NOTE! The webinar will NO LONGER take place on 13 June as previously advertised but on-

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM CEST

Please make sure you REGISTER for the webinar at the following link:

Please note that the above time (3.30-5.30pm) is for the CEST time zone.

Whats on the cards?

Together with leading experts in the field and cities around the world, we'll share best practices on the management of these species as well as look at progressive solutions from existing case studies that reduce the risk of invasive alien species in urban areas. Moreover this webinar will address the key role that local and regional authorities can play in helping address the risks associated with biological invasions and in raising awareness among decision-makers and citizens.

Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss their concerns and areas of need, express their ideas and share commonalities and best practices from around the world.


  • Short Introduction and announcement of the conference, IAS: The Urban Dimension, 5 September 2013, IUCN Switzerland - Chantal van Ham/ Russell Galt (5 mins)
  • Overview: The Impact of IAS in Cities- Piero Genovesi, Chair IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group (10 mins)
  • IAS Management in Cape Town- Louise Stafford, IAS Coordinator, Cape Town (10 mins)
  • Challenges for IAS Management in Helsingborg- Widar Narvelo, Municipal Ecologist, Department of Strategic Planning, Helsingborg (10 mins)
  • IAS Management Through the Working for Water Programme - Debbie Sharp, Department of Environmental Affairs: Natural Resource Management Programmes, South Africa (10 mins)
  • Practical Management of IAS in Dublin City through Collaborative Engagement - Joe Caffrey, Senior Research Officer from Inland Fisheries Ireland (10 mins)
  • The Importance of Public Awareness on IAS- Sarah Brunel, European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) (10 mins)
  • Forthcoming EU legislation on IAS – Chantal van Ham, IUCN European Programme Officer (5 mins)
  • Facilitated Discussion (Q&As) - Chantal van Ham (30 mins)

Please do join us for what is set to be a very exciting event.

We look forward to your participation, input and ideas!

Kindest regards

ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center

For more information, please see the URBIS concept note