The Environmental Audit Committee will hold its first public evidence hearing on its Invasive Species inquiry at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 22 January in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster.
Wednesday 22 January, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
- Carrie Hume, Wildlife and Countryside Link
- Dr Helen Bayliss, Research Associate, British Ecological Society and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
- Dr Helen Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Dr Richard Shaw, Regional Co-ordinator - Invasives, CABI UK
- Dr Mark Spencer, Natural History Museum
Purpose of meeting
This session examines whether the Government’s policy on invasive species and the implications of the European Commission’s draft EU Directive on ‘the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species’. The inquiry will examine:
- The principal drivers of the rising number of invasive species
- The adequacy of understanding and data on invasive species, and the extent of the harm they cause, to be able to devise strategies to address them.
- The adequacy of the draft EU Regulation and its relevance to the situation in the UK.