Ireland’s National Strategy for Plant Conservation
comprises a set of 16 targets modelled on the GSPC, through which we can bring about better comprehension and conservation of our native plants and fungi
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Management plans in place for at least 10 major alien species that threaten plants, plant communities and associated habitats and ecosystems in Ireland

Alien plants have had a relatively small impact in Ireland, but globally they represent a serious threat to biodiversity. At present rhododendron is one of the few plants for which serious efforts are being made to control its population, but eradication is seen as impossible. The Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have formulated guidelines for developing national management plans. The only serious action to an invasive alien is total eradication, this may still be achievable with some, but is probably impossible with others. Introduction of foreign genepool material in ‘Wild Flower’ seed mixes is another cause for concern.


  • Draft new lists of prohibited weeds in consultation with Northern authorities to ban the sale, introduction, release or movement, especially of aquatics. Maintain vigilance on emerging threats.
  • Review of national phytosanitary legislation to be harmonized with international and regional provisions by 2006
  • Develop priority list of 10-12 species; Implement efficient management programmes and Species Action Plans for at least 10 established invasive plant species by 2008.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms for early detection and rapid action against potentially new invasive species including a manual of procedures for border control by 2007. Prepare documents for horticulturists to enable guidelines to be developed to prevent the establishment of new invasive aliens in the country.
  • Evaluate existing all-Ireland Species Action Plans for Alien species, and modify as appropriate, by 2009.
  • Assess and monitor the risk of genetic pollution of native plant species and populations from introductions of foreign ‘Wild Flower seed’ by 2009.
Milestones & Indicators:

Invasive Species in Ireland Programme - An all-Ireland initiative to Reduce the risks of invasions of new species and develop contingency plans; Produce management plans to control and manage new and established invasive species and vectors; Engage key stakeholders; Develop codes of good practise; and Raise public awareness.

Invasive species in Ireland - (PDF document, 708 kb) - The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland commissioned this all-Ireland review of invasive species from Quercus with the objective of presenting recommendations to both Governments in March 2004.

The Invasive Species Ireland project is a joint venture between the Environment and Heritage Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Invasive Species Ireland Report.

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) Alert list - The purpose of the Alert List is to draw the attention of EPPO member countries to certain pests possibly presenting a risk to them and achieve early warning.

The EPPO List of invasive alien plants