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Invasive Species Councils and Committees in British Columbia

The management of invasive species continues to improve, thanks to the dedication, passion, and hard work of invasive species councils and committees across BC. Each committee looks after invasive species in a specific region. Committee activities vary from on-the-ground management of invasive plants and/or species, community outreach and stewardship events, and working with the public, government, and stakeholders to achieve their unique missions and objectives. Links to these organizations are below:

CKISS iNaturalist Invasive Species Guides

Regional Resources

British Columbia Resources

National Resources

Federal Resources

  • Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN) – The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN 2006-2011) was established with the goal of identifying and quantifying the vectors and pathways by which AIS enter Canada, determining factors that affect their colonization success, and developing risk assessment models for potential and existing AIS. The NSERC Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network II (CAISN II 2011 – 2016) will address remaining information gaps by focusing on four new core themes: Early Detection, Rapid Response, AIS as Part of Multiple Stressors, and Reducing Uncertainty in Prediction and Management.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) – The CFIA’s invasive species home page includes links to the “Invasive Alien Plants in Canada” report as well as to fact sheets on invasive plants and other information related to the Agency’s overall invasive species program. The report summarizes the current information available on invasive alien plants in Canada, where they come from, where they occur, and what they cost Canadians in terms of economic, environmental, and social impacts.
  • Forest Invasive Alien Species – This website provides in-depth information related to undesired forest invasive alien insects or diseases.

United States Resources

International Resources

  • CABI Invasives Blog – CABI is a non-profit organization specializing in scientific publishing, research, and communication. CABI improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.
  • Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) – The GISD aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature – Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization, today it is the largest professional global conservation network. The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) (one major program focus area) is a global network of scientific and policy experts on invasive species. Organized by the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the ISSG aims to reduce threats to natural ecosystems and the native species they contain by increasing awareness of invasive alien species and ways to prevent, control or eradicate them.