How we plan to minimise the risks posed by invasive non-native species.

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1 August 2015
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The Great Britain invasive non-native species strategy

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Invasive non-native species (INNS) live in parts of the world they would not naturally be found and include:

  • plants
  • animals
  • fungi
  • micro-organisms

They can spread causing damage to the environment, the economy and our health. The cost to the UK economy has been estimated as at least £1.8 billion a year.

They can affect:

  • farming
  • horticulture

They can also affect:

  • transport
  • construction
  • recreation
  • aquaculture
  • utilities
  • wildlife

This strategy aims to minimise their risk by:

  • encouraging everyone to work together better, including government, land managers and the public
  • improving co-ordination and co-operation internationally

It covers 2015 to 2020.