COMMONS

Committee examines invasive species threat in freshwater environments

20 June 2019

The Environmental Audit Committee continues its inquiry into invasive species looking at invasive species in freshwater environments and prevention mechanisms, rapid response efforts and the control of invasive species.

Witnesses

Tuesday 25 June 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • 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

At 11.15am

  • Dr Kevin Austin, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment, Environment Agency
  • Sara Redstone, Plant Health Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Dr Anna Brown, Head of Tree Health and Contingency, Forestry Commission
  • Dr Richard Shaw, Country Director, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)

Invasive non-native species

Invasive non-native species are those that are introduced by humans into areas outside their natural past or present distribution, either deliberately or accidentally, and which subsequently cause harm to native biodiversity, the economy, our health and the way we live. They are estimated to cost the UK economy £1.8 billion per year.

Further information

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