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The 4th ESENIAS Workshop








Invitation to ESENIAS Workshop: International Workshop on IAS in Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Areas in ESENIAS Region


The 4th ESENIAS (South and East European Network on Invasive Alien Species) workshop, entitled: International Workshop on IAS in Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Areas in ESENIAS Region, will be held on 16-17 December 2013, at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey.


The ESENIAS network was initiated in two workshops held in Zagreb in 2010 and Sofia in 2011, organized by the EEA/EIONET and national institutions. The network organized its third workshop in Serbia in 2012 together with EEA and Serbian institutions. ESENIAS would like to keep exchanging information mainly in the context of recent developments in CBD and EU bodies in its 4th workshop which will be held in Turkey co-organized by Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, ESENIAS, and Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research BAS, with collaboration of the IUCN Invasive Alien Species Specialist Group, on 16-17 December 2013.

The European Commission has published a proposal for a Regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (9.9.2013, COM(2013) 620 final), which is not only a concern of EU countries but also neighboring countries that are members of ESENIAS. New Animal and Plant health regulations concerning issues related to invasive alien species (IAS) are proposed this year. CBD 2020 Strategy also requires to countries, invasive alien species and pathways are identified and prioritized, priority species are controlled or eradicated and measures are in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment by 2020 (Target 9). In addition, ESENIAS prepared a work plan in the last workshop. All these issues are planned to be discussed in the workshop.

The Workshop will bring together representatives of ESENIAS, as well as of environmental management and pest control from national and regional environmental and agricultural departments and ministries, the scientific community and other organizations working with IAS to:

- Share information on IAS in agricultural and non-agricultural areas and related initiatives carried out at the regional level, such as national or local monitoring schemes, risk assessments, control and eradication projects, management plans and national strategies, citizens activities and responsibilities;
- Follow up work plan of the ESENIAS network, which was prepared in the previous meeting;
- Discuss new EU Regulation proposal on IAS management;
- Keep up to following requirements of CBD 2020 Strategy and review developments in the region;
- Seek further improvement of cooperation and networking on IAS in the region and collaboration with other networks.


15 December 2013
16:00-18:00 Registration
18:30          Welcome cocktail

16 December 2013
08:30-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:00 Opening ceremony
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:30 First scientific session (IAS and agricultural areas)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Second scientific session (IAS and non-agricultural areas)
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-18:00 Roundtable (Work plan of ESENIAS)
19:00          Gala dinner

17 December 2013
09:00-10:30 Third scientific session (New EU Regulation on IAS)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12.30 Fourth scientific session (Developments about CBD 2020 Strategy)
12:30-14.00 Closing followed by lunch
14:00           Field trip

Useful links to documents to be discussed in the workshop:
For EU new IAS regulation http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/invasivealien
For EU Animal Health Regulations http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/strategy/pillars/action_en.htm
For EU Plant Health Regulations http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosafety/rules/index_en.htm
For CBD 2020 Strategy https://www.cbd.int/sp

Practical steps for registering for the workshop:

Please inform ESENIAS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 31 October 2013 if you will attend the workshop.


Please send an abstract of your contribution by 15 November 2013.
The abstracts will be published as pdf file on the ESENIAS website, www.esenias.org.

Extended abstracts and full papers will be published as hardcopy after the workshop. Please see the Instructions for authors for the ESENIAS Workshop Proceedings >>>


Full papers after peer-review can also be published in the Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research. For more information and instructions for authors who would like to publish, please visit the official journal website: http://stiinte.ulbsibiu.ro/trser/index.html


No registration fee required.

Accommodation (cost € 20 per night per person) is available. For more details and information contact Ahmet Uludag ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , http://turkiyedeistilaciyabanciturler.blogspot.com).


Travel information >>>

For visa information see the webpage of MFA: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

Please find an Invitation Letter >>>