This case study investigates existing management protocols for IAS in a transboundary context to assess where institutional arrangements can be improved to better serve biodiversity conservation needs and advance ecosystem-based management. This study examines the drivers of IAS within the study site, in addition to the ecological impacts of IAS and their impact on protected habitats and other species. Forecasting models assess the potential risk increase of IAS arrival due to climate change and potential for increase in other activities within the catchment, as well as identify possible opportunities to incorporate ecosystem-based management within current or emerging plans to address IAS impacts on ecology, social and economic systems in the area.
Cooperating partner: Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
The Water Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is a cooperating partner for Case Study 4: Management and impact of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Lough Erne in Ireland. DAERA is a devolved Northern Irish government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. Until 2016 the department was called the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It has since been changed to also include the environment within its work remit. On this case study, DAERA is working closely with Waterways Ireland to ensure the sustainable management of Lough Erne particularly in light of invasive alien species and forecasted risks due to climate change and other activities within the catchment.