management of invasive species
The specialized online meeting on "Invasive Alien Plants: Impacts and Evaluation Systems" were held on Monday, December 20, 2014, by the National Authority of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr. Sima Sohrabi, a respected member of the Biodiversity Working Group of the FIrBS, defining the invasive alien species, has presented her valuable experiences and research and introduced the biological invasion impacts and some assessment methods. The most important topics of this meeting are:
Invasive species, as an alien species that is expanding at significant distances and affecting the new environment, is the second factor threatening the world's biodiversity after habitat destruction.
The latest estimates and recent studies on Iranian plant species revealed that more than 250 had passed the first phase of the invasion (introduction). Their invasive status has been divided into three groups: occasional, native, and invasive. The Hyrcanian Ecological Zone has been identified as the hotspot of Iran's biological invasions, and more stringent quarantine and management programs are needed. The effects of foreign plants, including environmental and socio-economic effects and the GISS and EICAT's Impact assessment methods, are the two standard assessment methods worldwide.
Furthermore, the application of detailed instructions on the introduction and planting of foreign plants was emphasized, as well as the need for people to be aware of the dangers of foreign plants on biodiversity and the ecosystem
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Eskandar Zand, the national authority of the Convention, concluded by emphasizing the need to form a working group to identify, impact assessment systems and prepare the necessary instructions for invasive species focusing on the FIrBS and the other scientific societies in the Convention on Biological Diversity.