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IAS institutional framework

IAS national strategy

A national strategy on invasive alien species in Luxembourg is currently (2018) under preparation by the Department for the Environment of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure. The transposition of the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species into national law 1 is scheduled for 16th May 2018.

IAS Group Luxembourg

IAS Group Luxembourg (Groupe de coordination sur les espèces exotiques envahissantes au Luxembourg) was set up to support the development of national strategies for the prevention and fight against invasive alien species. The group’s 10 members are researchers, government and local civil servants. The group has been set up in 2016 by the Department for the Environment of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure (MDDI). The Ministerial Order formalizing the Group has been signed on 21st November 2016 (Anonymous 2016).


IAS related activities & documents

Risk assessments & IAS lists

ISEIA Protocol

Several expert groups have assessed vascular plants (Ries et al. 2013), vertebrates (Ries et al. 2014) and invertebrates (Ries et al. 2017) after the Belgian ISEIA protocol (Branquart 2009) and established black lists, watch lists and alert lists.

Harmonia+ Protocol

A risk assessment after the Harmonia+ protocol (D’hondt et al. 2014) on the same taxonomic groups is under work (2017-2018) in cooperation with the Belgian “Alien Alert project” coordinated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. The Luxembourg experts are using the same online assessment platform as their Belgian colleagues (http://ias.biodiversity.be/protocols/form).

A comprehensive review of both protocols can be found in Vanderhoeven et al. 2015.

Pathway analysis

An analysis of the pathways of introduction and spread in Luxembourg was carried out in 2016 on the basis of interviews conducted with various stakeholders concerned by biological invasions. The report also outlines measures needed to try to meet the provisions of the EU Regulation 1143/2014 (Pfeiffenschneider 2016). An updated and completed report is under work and will be available in June 2018.

Fact sheets

Fact sheets about invasive alien species are currently (2018) under preparation by the Administration for Nature and Forests. The elaboration of these fact sheets is one of the measures defined within the framework of the national plan for nature conservation (Anonymous 2017).

Management plans

National action plans concerning invasive alien species in Luxembourg are currently (2018) under preparation by the Administration for Nature and Forests. The elaboration of these action plans is one of the measures defined within the framework of the national plan for nature conservation (Anonymous 2017).

Surveys and species reporting

Reporting and early detection

A reporting link is provided for most of the species listed on neobiota.lu. It opens the corresponding reporting page on the data portal of the National Museum of Natural History. As soon as a listed invasive alien species is reported, an alert email is automatically sent to members of IAS Group Luxembourg, who dispatch the information to experts in charge of data validation. This procedure constitutes a crucial tool in early detection of IAS.

Species reporting can also be done by sending an e-mail to .

Citizen science, Apps

The Luxembourg National Museum of Natural History provides specific webpages enabling reporting of IAS in Luxembourg:

Regular reporters can open a user account and thus report observations without having to enter personal information.

Surveys, mapping

Monitoring

Monitoring is done for specific species in the frame of specific projects, e.g.:

  • Management of Heracleum mantegazzianum in the Upper Sûre nature park (Krippel & Richarz 2013).
  • Management of Impatiens glandulifera in the basin of the river Blees in the Our nature park (under work).

References

  • Anonymous 2016. Arrêté ministériel du 21 novembre 2016 portant création du groupe de coordination sur les espèces exotiques envahissantes au Luxembourg. Mémorial B 121: 1980 (28 novembre 2016). [PDF 20 KB]
  • Anonymous 2017. Plan National concernant la Protection de la Nature 2017-2021. Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Département de l’Environnement. 111 p. [PDF 4.2 MB]
  • Branquart, E. (ed.), 2009. Guidelines for environmental impact assessment and list classification of non-native organisms in Belgium. Version 2.6. 4 pp. http://ias.biodiversity.be/documents/ISEIA_protocol.pdf
  • D’hondt, B., S. Vanderhoeven, S. Roelandt, F. Mayer, V. Versteirt, E. Ducheyne, G. San Martin, J.-C. Grégoir, I. Stiers, S. Quoilin, E. Branquart, 2014. Harmonia+ and Pandora+: risk screening tools for potentially invasive organisms. Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Brussels, 63 pp. Available at http://ias.biodiversity.be/harmoniaplus.
  • Glesener, B., M. Pfeiffenschneider & C. Ries, 2009. Die Verbreitung von Impatiens glandulifera, Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, F. ×bohemica und Heracleum mantegazzianum entlang der Hauptfließgewässer Luxemburgs. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 110: 69-73. [PDF 470 KB]
  • Krippel, Y. & F. Richarz, 2013. Verbreitung und Management von Heracleum mantegazzianum Somm. et Lev. (Apiaceae, Spermatophyta) in der Obersauerregion in Luxemburg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 114: 3-13. [PDF 3042 KB]
  • Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Département de l’Environnement, 2017. Plan national concernant la protection de la nature 2017 – 2021, 111 pp. [PDF 4,2 MB]
  • Pfeiffenschneider M (2016) Espèces exotiques envahissantes – Voies d’introduction et de propagation. Rapport, version 1.4. 54 pp. [PDF 4,36 MB]
  • Pfeiffenschneider M (about to be released, 2018) Espèces exotiques envahissantes – Voies d’introduction et de propagation. Rapport actualisé et complété, version 2.0. 76 pp.
  • Pfeiffenschneider, M., P. Gräser & C. Ries, 2014a. Distribution of selected neophytes along the national railway network of Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 95-100. [PDF 1457 KB]
  • Pfeiffenschneider, M., P. Gräser & C. Ries, 2014b. Distribution of selected neophytes along the main rivers of Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 101-108. [PDF 3668 KB]
  • Ries, C., Y. Krippel, M. Pfeiffenschneider & S. Schneider, 2013. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of non-native vascular plant species in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 114: 15-21. [PDF 652 KB]
  • Ries, C., M. Pfeiffenschneider, Engel, E., J.-C. Heidt & M. Lauff, 2014. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of vertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 195-201. [PDF 247 KB]
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
  • Vanderhoeven, S.; Adriaens, T.; D’hondt, B.; Van Gossum, H.; Vandegehuchte, M.; Verreycken, H.; Cigar, J.; Branquart, E. (2015). A science-based approach to tackle invasive alien species in Belgium – the role of the ISEIA protocol and the Harmonia information system as decision support tools. Manag. Biol. Inv. 6(2): 197–208. hdl.handle.net/10.3391/mbi.2015.6.2.10

 Last updated on Monday, June 11, 2018.