Reduction of Negative Impact of Alien Invasive Plant Species on Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing in Cross-border Region of Lithuania-Belarus (Alien Invasive Plants)

About of project:

Project period: 15.02.2019 – 14.11.2020

Budget: Total project budget: €314,691.32; EU contribution: €283,222.18

Implementing agency: Nature Heritage Fund, a non-governmental organisation (Lithuania)

Partners: Yanka Kupala State University of Hrodna, Administration of the Agriculture and Food Department of the Hrodna District Executive Committee, Aziory National Landscape Reserve (Belarus); Varėna District Municipality, Administration of Dzūkija National Park and Čepkeliai Reserve (Lithuania)

Locations: Hrodna and Ščučyn Districts (Belarus), Alytus and Vilnius (Lithuania)

Description

At present, the invasion of aggressive alien species is a global environmental and socio-economic problem in the world. Invasive species push out local flora and fauna species, transform and destroy local ecosystems and incur substantial economic damage, while posing a hazard for human health. It is a duty of all countries/signatories of the 1992 Rio Convention on Biological Diversity, including Lithuania and Belarus, to develop measures to prevent biological invasions, mitigate their effects and monitor them. These measures can only be effective subject to international cooperation, as invasive species know no state borders.

Goals and objectives: enhance the efficiency of local authorities, nature-protection organisations and local residents in controlling the expansion of aggressive alien plant species.

Interim outcomes: In July 2019, the project participants began taking an all-out inventory of the eight most dangerous invasive plant species in the Belarusian/Lithuanian transboundary area. To reduce the number of these dangerous species, certain techniques will be developed in future based on the updated information on the invasive plant distribution with the help of an interactive web map. The project participants have also developed a special online questionnaire designed for data collection by transboundary area residents about the distribution of 20 alien hazardous plant species in the Lithuanian/Belarusian transboundary area. The Joint Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Further Expansion of Dangerous Plants will be developed, resulting in the execution of a partnership agreement between the municipalities of Varėna (Lithuania) and Hrodna to ensure follow-up cooperation after the project completion.

Contacts: Oleg Sozinov, Botany Department Chairperson, Yanka Kupala State University of Hrodna, Project Manager

+375 29 783 20 66, o.sozinov@grsu.by

Documents: Information booklet (Russian language)

Web links:

https://fbe.grsu.by/index.php/nauchnaya-rabota/proektnaya-deyatelnost?id=242 

Media about the project

https://nastgaz.by/barshcheunik-sumnik-i-shalyony-agurok/

http://www.tvgrodno.by/video/v-obektive-naturalista-invazivnye-rasteniya-14-08-2019.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T-GGw3SiYQ