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Third annual Invasive Species Forum shares information and advances in prevention

The forum took place Feb. 1 to 3
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The third annual Invasive Species Forum was hosted by the Invasive Species Centre from Feb. 1 to 3, with the focus on action, innovation and outreach.

The forum brought together researchers, practitioners, Indigenous agencies and organizations from Canada, the United States and Europe.

For more information, please see the press release included below.

The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) hosted the third annual Invasive Species Forum in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. The forum takes place annually and brings attention to invasive species issues, research, and advances in prevention and management occurring across Canada, and in neighbouring U.S States.   

Invasive species are plants, animals, insects, and pathogens that are introduced to an area and cause harm to the environment, economy, or society. Many organizations work together to protect Canada’s lands and waters from these harmful arrivals, and the Invasive Species Forum is a way to connect and share new information that will support future work.  

The 2022 forum 'Action, Innovation, and Outreach’ took place Feb. 1-3 and featured over 50 expert speakers from conservation, environmental and Indigenous agencies and organizations across Canada, the United States and Europe.  

“The annual forum provides an opportunity to bring together and showcase the incredible and innovative work of practitioners and researchers who are working in a variety of ways to protect Canada’s land and water from invasive species.” says Sarah Rang, executive director of the Invasive Species Centre. 

The forum highlighted remarks by the Hon. Greg Rickford, minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, the Hon. David Piccini, minister, Environment, Conservation and Parks, and the Hon. Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie and minister of Government and Consumer Services.

Over 500 participants tuned in over the course of the 3-day event, attending sessions on invasive species vectors, pathways, and threats; risks, impacts, and innovative solutions; ecosystem resilience; forest, aquatic, and plant invasives; municipal and indigenous community updates; and education, outreach, and community science.  

The forum also celebrated nominees and winners of the inaugural Invasive Species Centre Awards, recognizing the leadership and commitment of individuals or organizations who help keep Canada’s land and water free from invasive species. See the full list of nominees and winners here.  

Session recordings from the 2022 Invasive Species Forum are available on the ISC’s YouTube channel here. The full proceedings will be available on Feb. 11.