The workshop was an opportunity for exchanging experience of the EU member states experts from Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania as well as the representatives of the European Commission – DG Environment, Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Intergovernmental Science- Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) with the EPPA beneficiaries. The 1st day of the workshop focused on Invasive Alien Species whilst the 2nd on EU Pollinators Initiatives. Among the core topics of the workshop there were:
- Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the wider context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the global biodiversity framework,
- European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) and possibilities for EPPA beneficiaries to become its contributors,
- IAS impact on biodiversity – Hungarian, Bulgarian and Western Balkans case studies,
- IAS in the freshwater and marine environment, Dunabe and Black Sea Basin case studies,
- IPBES Assessment Report on Pollinators and Food as well as scoping of the upcoming Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species,
- Implementing IAS Regulation – Romanian case study,
- Objectives and list of actions for the EU Pollinators Initiative
- Austrian case study for tackling decline of wild pollinators,
- Hungarian and Romanian case studies for effects of invasive plant species on pollinators,
- Polish case study for pollinators’ decline and linkages between wild and managed bees.
The workshop participants shared the current state of institutional and legal activities carried out to implement obligations of IAS Regulation in EPPA beneficiaries as well as their activities towards halting loss of pollinators. Interventions of speakers were accompanied by discussions among participants and exchange of experience and good practices.