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Reducing the Impacts of Non-native Species in Europe (RINSE)
Start date: Dec 31, 2011, End date: Sep 29, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

RINSE delivers a cross-border approach to the targeting and management of invasive non-native species (INS) in the 2 Seas Area. The introduction and spread of these species beyond their native range can cause serious ecological damages as well as a negative impact on the local economies. RINSE will make an important contribution to the new EU Strategy on Invasive Species by developing cross-border tools to improve the prioritised targeting of INS, enhancing the capacity to tackle the issue of INS among a range of select stakeholders and developing new approaches and best practices for the management of INS, by delivering field trials and pilot projects.Key results from RINSE will also be fed into CABIs Invasive Species Compendium - an encyclopedic resource that supports decision-making in INS management, worldwide. Expected Results: What are the key results of the project?Data gathering- An audit of INS occurrence in the 2 Seas Area- A list of existing and predicted INS- New data from public survey and field work- Q bank ID and factsheets translated into French- 15 Case studies made available on the Conservation Evidence websiteMapping- Habitat suitability maps for selected species- Thematic species and habitat maps to show potential vulnerable 'hotspots'Workshops- One expert workshop on targeting and prioritisation of INS- 3 partner workshops leading to training for 50 key stakeholders in identification, control and eradication of INS)- 3 partner workshop to develop field trials and demonstration projects- one best practice workshop on invasive mammals (mink, muskrat, Pallas squirrel); one workshop on invasive aquatic plants; one on catchment-level strategies and a workshop on engaging with the public- One 2-Seas Forum on INSDevelopment of applications/communication tools- Smart Phone App for INS recording (2 sorts)- Decision-support toolkit on selected INS to assist site managers and field staff identify the best approaches to use- one project leaflet- 55 fact sheets- RINSE website (available throughout project and afterwards)Reports- Project reports for each WorkPackage, to be made available in French, English and Dutch- Scientific papers (field trials)- Strategic management framework prepared for invasive fishAre all partners and territories benefitting from the results?The principal target groups who will benefit directly from RINSE are practitioners engaged in front-line action to identify, control and eradicate INS. These include; land managers/owners; professional technicians and fieldworkers; statutory natural resource management agencies; non-governmental organisations and local community groups; parish, district and county councils.Other target groups include: private sector companies engaged in the procurement and sale of potentially invasive species; policy and decision-makers; universities and research bodies involved in the study of INS; the general public, who not only have a vital role to play in detecting and reporting INS, but also, through their individual purchases and actions, have a key role to play in preventing their introduction and spread.Final beneficiaries of the project will include: residents and visitors in all of the project areas; the tourism and recreation sector; the nature conservation sector; the water industry and watercourse owners.All of these stakeholders will benefit from the activities carried out and the investments made to efficiently and effectively reduce the impacts of non-native species in the 2 Seas Area. The results of RINSE will also help to promote and enhance a safe and healthy environment in the project area and beyond.What are the effects / outcomes for the territories involved?Through the implementation of the RINSE project we anticipate that a range of management tools and guidance documents will be developed that will facilitate more targeted and effective control of INS in the Two Seas Programme Area. This should help policy makers and land managers make the best use of the resources available to control these species, and ultimately lead to a reduction in the impacts of INS in the Two Seas Programme Area, with associated socio-economic benefits.The project should result in better-informed citizens, who understand why actions are needed (as measured by before and after surveys); fewer phytotoxic injuries to contractors; planning conditions that reflect the risk to the environment of INS; the reduced spread of INS and greater number of volunteers and community groups engaged in INS management. The overall results will be: more cost-effective control and eradication of INS in the 2 Seas Area (with reduced impacts on non-target species); and a decrease in the ecological, social and economic damage caused by INS.
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