Get involved in managing Invasive Alien Species (IAS)

1.List of IAS of EU concern:

As you know, Member States are required to take action against IAS and national hunting associations should be seen as valuable partners!

Specifically, Member States have the responsibility to:

  • Analysing the pathways of IAS
  • Developing surveillance systems for IAS
  • Starting management/control measures for IAS

These actions are supposed to be in place since February 2018 for the species present on the EU IAS list (see below). Concerning the species added to the list during the first update (see below), those actions will need to be in place by February 2019. FACE encourages hunting associations to be involved in any Government decisions on actions.

Species of hunting interest that are on the list:

Species on the list before the 1st update:

  • Coypu
  • Grey squirrel
  • Muntjac deer
  • Raccoon
  • Ruddy duck

Species on the list after the 1st update:

  • Egyptian Goose
  • Muskrat
  • Raccoon Dog

By 1 June 2019, the European Commission (EC) will publish a report on the implementation of the EU Regulation on IAS. In doing so, Member States need to report on the steps taken by filling it this document. FACE invites hunting associations to share their knowledge with their government about the state of IAS in their country.

2.Citizen science with your smartphone:

The EC is encouraging all citizens including hunters to use the smart phone application developed by the EC to involve all citizen in the fight against IAS. Download the EASIN app on your mobile, report on IAS you find on your way and assist the EC in tackling IAS in Europe.

3.Get young people involved!

The EC launched the European Solidarity Corps to get young people involved as volunteers or workers in projects that benefit Europe. Projects related to the management and control of IAS would fit in well. FACE Members should consider promoting such projects within their own country or abroad.

1 Comment
  • MDS
    Posted at 21:19h, 28 December Reply

    Dear FACE,

    I read your article on with much interest, and I couldn’t agree more! I think hunters can, and should, play an indispensable role in controlling invasive animals for the benefit of European nature. Given the current attention that goes into invasive species, I think the hunting community has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their responsible behaviour and added value to society. And gain public support while doing so…

    For exactly this reason, I must say I am greatly dissappointed in the finding that, in Belgium (and more notably, Flanders), it seems like (some) hunters are engaging in illegal releases of muntjac deer, thereby aggravating the problem instead of helping to solve it. I am not a hunter myself, but I am a supporter that has good contacts with hunters, and through them, I have become aware of such releases at various locations in our country.

    I know this is only a minority of hunters, but the actions of these malicious people may irrevocably damage the public belief in our community. To my feeling, other stakeholders (e.g. conservationists, animal right activists, even government officials) are becoming increasingly aware of these illegal actions; probably more than the hunters involved may be realizing. More muntjac deer have been observed in Belgium in 2018 than in any year before, at many more locations than was previously the case, and often near hunting grounds -these people aren’t stupid, you know…

    I therefore think that time is running out in order to reclaim the role hunters may play in Europe’s plans for controlling alien species. FACE, taking the Belgium muntjac as a case in particular, please take steps to combat illegal releases of alien species in order for the hunting community not to lose support!

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