Why a Transnational Strategy?
- Document needed to encourage and facilitate coordination and joint commitment. The aim is to unite efforts and develop a practical tool that establishes the bases for orderly action in the fight against Cortaderia selloana. The goal is to not only coordinate entities from the same locality, region or country, but to drive joint work between the different countries that make up the Atlantic Arc, whose regions are directly affected by the severe invasion of the species along the coastline.
- Because the strategies and action plans come into play when the species has already taken root in the regions. The actions developed so far have focused on elimination and control in areas of high density, neglecting early elimination, prevention, outreach, awareness-raising and communication. And most importantly, there has been no monitoring and restoration of the treated areas.
- The Strategy has emerged as a response to the lack of coordination, communication and best-practice sharing (methods, timing, etc.) between the organisations involved. This lack of coordination has resulted in disconnected one-off actions that cannot meet the long-term objectives.
Within the Strategy, 7 basis have been defined, in order to achieve the goals to fight against Cortaderia in the Atlantic Arc. They are:
Organisations invited to endorse the Strategy
The Strategy implies becoming aware of the problem posed by the species in the region, adopting the criteria and objectives of the Strategy, and committing to action, investment, integration, outreach, and so on, according to the competencies of each member organisation.
- 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.