Ireland’s first Invasive Alien Species Action Plan prepared by Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council is the first Local Authority in Ireland to produce an Invasive Alien Species Action Plan.  Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants, such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, and American Mink, that are introduced accidently or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment.

The impacts of Invasive Alien Species are wide ranging and destructive from economic, social, health and ecological viewpoints, and it is estimated that they currently cost the Irish economy over €2M each year.

The Draft Invasive Alien Species Action Plan for Dublin City 2016 – 2020 is available at and for public viewing  at Civic Offices, Wood Quay, from 25th January to 12th February, 2016.


Dublin City Council is asking members of the public to read the draft plan and to make submissions to or in writing to: Dublin City Council, Biodiversity Unit, Culture Recreation, Amenity and Community Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 by Friday 12th February 2016.


Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive, welcomed the publication of the Draft plan:  “The impacts of Invasive Alien Species in terms of degradation of our environment and damage to economic interests necessitate that we recognise Invasive Alien Species management as a key issue for the sustainable development of Dublin. The fact that Dublin Bay recently achieved UNESCO Biosphere status makes it all the more imperative that Invasive Alien Species are given high priority as they are a real and increasing threat to our City and biodiversity”.


The objectives of the Draft Plan are to control and reduce the spread of existing Invasive Alien Species, and to prevent any new Invasive Alien Species from establishing in the city. The speed and fluidity of their invasion and spread presents major difficulties for traditional forms of environmental management. As such, a coordinated approach between a variety of public bodies and organisations is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Plan.

The preparation of The Draft Invasive Alien Species Action Plan for Dublin City 2016 – 2020 is an action of the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015-2020.

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For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170,


Notes to the Editor:


This Action Plan aims to put in place a management programme for the highest risk Invasive Alien Species, as identified in the Third Schedule of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations (2011), which are known to be present in Dublin.

Complete eradication of certain species may be possible, however, in other cases control and prevention of any further spread are more realistic targets.


The Draft Plan contains seven Targets as set out below. These Targets are derived from the objectives of the Draft Plan.


Protect our native species and habitats and ensure that Invasive Alien Species do not jeopardise the protected status of any of these habitats or species.

Comply with national and EU legislation, including recent European Union

Regulations, which deal specifically with Invasive Alien Species.

Continue and increase co-operation between public authorities charged with

protecting Dublin’s biodiversity.

Reduce the long term economic cost of Invasive Alien Species to Dublin City.

Improve the amenity and recreation value of Dublin City for its residents and tourists.

Protect Dublin City’s public spaces and the health of its citizens.

Promote awareness of the issues to as wide an audience as possible


The European Union passed new Invasive Alien Species Regulations in 2014, which have clarified our requirements in dealing with these species. This legislation will be further enacted in 2016. The Draft Invasive Alien Species Action Plan for Dublin City 2016 – 2020 examines its implications for Dublin City Council, and covers the first reporting period under the Regulations. This will assist in Ireland meeting its obligation to prepare a national assessment report by June 2019, and its review on the EU Biodiversity Strategy implementation to 2020.

Strategies for control of Invasive Alien Species have been in place in Dublin City to deal with certain species since 2007, and they have achieved a certain amount of success. In some cases, management strategies can build upon what is already in place, however, in others, a new start and new ways of thinking will be necessary.