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Invasive Alien Plant Species (IAPS) – the name may sound alarming but the potential damage and costs they can incur mean that IAPS certainly deserve our attention. The EU has recognised Invasive Alien Species introductions as one of the main causes of natural biodiversity loss while the estimated costs of Invasive Alien Species worldwide is a staggering $1.4 trillion or 5% of the global economy. In Ireland this cost has been estimated at €266 million in 2013.
The discovery of an IAPS such as Japanese Knotweed at a building development or infrastructure site can mean significant delays and substantial costs jeopardising the delivery of engineering projects on time and on budget.
This seminar will enable delegates to recognise IAPS and discover how they are being mapped and monitored in Ireland. Delegates will be informed of the legislation governing IAPS and their treatment and disposal. Organisations such as the TII and Irish Water will share their experiences delivering engineering projects threatened by IAPS and case studies will show the latest measures used to effectively control, prevent and eradicate IAPS .