Workshop on Alien Species and the EC Water Framework Directive 8-9 December 2015

Peterborough, UK, 08 - 09 December 2015


Impacts of invasive alien species on surface waters continue to grow, yet the approach taken to these by EU Member States under the EC Water Framework Directive seems to vary from country to country. Indeed, it is not always clear to what extent Member States are using the Directive to help identify and manage problems from alien species in rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters. The new EC Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (which came into force on 1 January 2015) will address the issue of alien species more generally, but the role that the WFD could (or should) play needs to be re-examined.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for those involved in work on alien species and the WFD to discuss topics such as:

how Member States are using alien species data in WFD risk assessment and classificationdeveloping WFD-specific lists of speciesproducing WFD-specific guidance on alien speciestechniques for eradicating or preventing the spread of high-impact speciesincluding alien species objectives in RBMPscase studies of individual species of concernlinks between WFD and the new EC Regulationpriority areas for collaborative research.

Dates and venue

The workshop will be held at the offices of Natural England in Peterborough, eastern England. Peterborough can be reached easily by train in less than 1 hour from London, and the venue for the meeting is within easy walking distance of the station. We will aim to start the workshop at 09.30 on Tuesday 8 December and finish after lunch at about 14.00 on Wednesday 9 December.

There is no registration fee for attending the meeting. However, unfortunately we are unable to offer financial support for travel and accommodation

For further information about the workshop and how to participate, please contact Professor Philip J Boon: Phil.Boon(at)