Indonesia stresses need to combat invasive species into biodiversity
Indonesia, supported by the ASEAN Member States, said there is a need to address the proliferation of invasive alien species (IAS) as part of efforts to protect the world’s biodiversity.
Indonesia issued the statement during the 22nd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 22) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Indonesia, represented by Dr. Gono Semiadi of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), stressed that the key to prevent spread of alien species is a strong border control.
Weak control mechanism, lack of knowledge on various invasive species, their life cycles and their pathways for introduction, and unclear related law and regulation are among the problems that require common attention.
Efforts to address these issues at national and regional level need to be supported, he said.
Indonesia also wished to include on the mandate of the proposed expert group on IAS to address the issue of well-established invasive alien species spread in certain regional areas.
The Golden Apple Snail (Ampullariidae) was mentioned as an example of a well-established invasive species in Southeast Asia.
This species is also considered as the 40th worst alien species in Europe and is included in the Top 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species.