Endorsement implies accepting its criteria and objectives, as well as a series of medium- and long-term investment commitments, integration into sectoral policies and outreach in the organisation’s region. All within the framework of its competencies.
The approval and publication of the Strategy document means the endorsement period is now open. This process has no end date; likewise, there is no duration limit for endorsement.
Any organisations that wish to endorse the Strategy should fill in the letter of endorsement. Once completed, please send this to firstname.lastname@example.org or SEO/BirdLife, Avda. Chiclana 8, El Astillero, 39610, Cantabria, Spain.
To whom is it addressed?
- Public administration bodies, from local organisations, town halls, councils, ministries, nature protection services or anybody related to land in Protected Natural Areas, roads, public works, communication infrastructures, energy and vehicle transport, and so on.
- Public and private companies, related to gardening, forestry, nurseries, environmental consulting, civil works, construction and maintenance of roads, slopes, paths, and so on.
- Companies, factories and industries in possession of, or which have a temporary concession for, altered lands that are colonised by the species.
- Universities and research centres that conduct research on the species, its biology, control, eradication, land restoration methods, and so on.
- Associations, foundations and various NGOs, related to environmental conservation, natural heritage and environmental education and awareness.
- Media, press, radio, television and digital media.
What does the endorsement implicate?
The organisations that ratify the Strategy are aware of the serious situation caused by the colonisation of this invasive species and are aware of the relevant regulations on IAS, according to the country and region in which they are located. They are committed to reading the document and acting in the coordinated fight against the species. The specific commitments are to:
- Monitor the areas within its competence for the early detection of isolated and scattered specimens.
- Communicate the presence of new specimens detected within its area of interest to the organisation trained to combat the species (the administration competent in invasive species).
- Disseminate the Strategy and its objectives.
- Boost the visibility of its commitment to the Strategy, publishing it on its web page or bulletin board (organisation endorsing the “Strategy to combatCortaderia selloana“), using the graphic identity provided by the project LIFE STOP Cortaderia.
- Communicate actions taken in the fight against the invasion of this species.
- Raise awareness in society about the problems of the species.
- Plan and implement control and eradication actions in the affected areas, in coordination with other bodies with competence in the matter. Always in line with the fundamental criteria of the Strategy: acting from the outside inwards, from a lesser to greater presence of the species, in the area it is found in and which is within competencies of this organisation, in order to control its expansion and disconnect its populations. Attempting to eradicate if from the most sensitive areas and ecologically valuable habitats (Natura 2000 network, PNA, etc.).
- Do research on the biology and ecology of the species, its problems, control, restoration measures, and so on.
- Integrate the Strategy into their sectoral policies.
The alliance against Cortaderia selloana involves benefits for the organisations that endorse it:
- They are included on a public list and become part of a network of organisations combatting Cortaderia.
- They receive information on any research and management progress on the species.
- They have access to the information, results documents and conclusions of the work carried out as part of the LIFE STOP Cortaderia
- They can seek advice from LIFE technicians on plans and initiatives to combat the species.