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Intent and Objectives: Action Plan to address the Escape of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) from Confinement


From: Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
(Environment & Resources Authority​)
​Published: ​23 August 2019
Running till: ​6 September 2019
​Last Updated: ​9 September 2019
1.        Background

In terms of Article 51 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549), it is duly notified that the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) is preparing an ’Action Plan to Address the Escape of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) from Confinement’, in line with the
National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and Article 13 (action plans on the pathways of invasive alien species) of Regulation (EU) No. 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.

As per Article 13 of the EU IAS Regulation, Malta is conducting a comprehensive analysis of the pathways of unintentional introduction of IAS of Union concern, in the process identifying the priority pathway(s) and establishing an action plan to address such priority pathway(s).

Measure BI1 of the NBSAP further identifies the need to set up a contingency plan to address the accidental introductions of invasive alien species.

The main objectives of the proposed action plan are to: 

  • establish a proactive framework to reduce the escape and discarding of invasive alien species of Union concern into the environment;
  • raise public awareness on the threat posed by IAS (with particular reference to exotic species);
  • provide solution(s) to owners unwilling or unable to keep their exotic/IAS pets;
  • encourage good practices to prevent the accidental escape of IAS from private holdings; and  
  • encourage the public to make informed purchasing decisions on acquiring exotic species so as to prevent or reduce the number of unwanted pets.

2.        Consultation Questions

The public was invited to submit any feedback or comments on the intent and objectives of this
action plan.

3.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent by email to the following address: and received by 6 September 2019.
We thank you for your input.
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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
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