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Environmental Audit Committee
The deadline for written submissions has now passed. If you would like to submit a late piece of evidence please contact Committee staff.
The Environmental Audit Committee launches an inquiry on the impacts of invasive species and their management.
Non-native species are those living outside their natural range which have arrived there by human activity, either deliberate or accidental. Of these, invasive species are those that negatively affect native biodiversity, ecosystem services and public health, through predation, competition or by transmitting disease. Invasive species are known to cost Great Britain at least £1.8 billion per year, mainly affecting the farming and horticultural sectors but also transport, construction, recreation, aquaculture and utilities.
Evidence given by Dr Emily Smith, Environment Manager, Angling Trust, Richard Atkinson, Waterways and Environment Policy Officer, British Canoeing, Kate Hills, Biosecurity and Invasives Manager, South West Water, Phil Brewin, Senior Environmental Officer, Somerset Consortium of Internal Drainage Boards representing the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA)Kevin Austin, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment, Environment Agency, Richard Shaw, Country Director, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), Sara Redstone, Plant Health Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Dr Anna Brown, Head of Tree Health and Contingency, Forestry Commission
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Environmental Audit Committee also questions the Chief Plant Health Officer and the Chief Non-Native Species Officer