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EEA/EIONET BALKAN MEETİNG ON NETWORKING ACTIVITIES ON INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES was held on 17-18 October 2011 in Sofia. The meeting was organized by the European Environment Agency together with the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) and University of Forestry in Sofia. The patron of the meeting was the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria. Country representatives and experts from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as representatives of EEA, IUCN and NOBANIS participated in the meeting.

A new network on invasive alien species has been established. The name of the network is East and South European Network on Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS). The goal of the network is to develop a regional data portal, which will provide a forum for information exchange related to the identification of new invasive species, risk assessment and management, as well as monitoring and control of already established invasive alien species in South-East Europe. The network will be hosted by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria; it will be chaired by Ms Teodora Trichkova from IBER-BAS, Bulgaria, and co-chaired by Ms Milica Rat from University of Novi Sad, Serbia. National focal points will be Mr Radoslav Stanchev from the Executive Environmental Agency, MOEW, and Prof., Dr Rumen Tomov from the University of Forestry, Sofia.

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