On Tuesday 28 May 2024, Luxembourg's Nature and Forest Agency announced the launch of the public consultation on action plans concerning invasive alien species.

These invasive alien species (IAS) include the Canada goose (Branta canadensis), the Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), the Louisiana crawfish (Procambarus clarkii), the black bullhead catfish (Ameiurus melas) and the Brazilian watermilfoil / Parrot's feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum).

The Nature and Forest Agency noted that the EU Regulation No. 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of IAS constitutes the legislative expression of a European effort to combat the ecological, economic and public health problems linked to biological invasions.

Within the framework of this European regulation and in accordance with article 4 of the law of 2 July 2018 concerning certain modalities of application as well as the sanctions of the aforementioned EU regulation, the draft action plans on IAS are being made accessible to the public on the website of Luxembourg's Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Biodiversity (www.emwelt.lu).

This fourth public consultation, which began on Sunday 26 May 2024, concerns the action plans targeting the aforementioned IAS and will remain open until 26 July 2024. During this period, interested parties can send their observations and suggestions either by email to neobiota@anf.etat.lu or by post to:

Administration de la nature et des forêts
81, avenue de la Gare
L-9233 Diekirch

At the end of the public inquiry, the final version of this plan will be made public on the Environment Ministry's website.