RINSE worked across borders to share best practice and adopt strategic approaches to tackle the threats posed by invasive non-native species (INS).
- Developed cross-border tools to improve prioritisation and targeting of INS, so that scarce resources can be directed towards the species and sites of greatest concern;
- Enhanced the capacity to address INS within a range of target stakeholders;
- Developed new approaches and best practices for the management of INS, by delivering field trials and demonstration projects.
The project was broad-ranging in its approach and examined INS across species groups including aquatic plants, aquatic invertebrates, birds, fish and land mammals and across a range of habitats. This was achieved through three different Work Packages:
The INTERREG IVA 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Programme promotes crossborder cooperation between the coastal regions of 4 Member States: France (Nord-Pas de Calais), England (SW, SE, E), Belgium (Flanders) and The Netherlands (South coastal area).
The Programme has three priority themes as well as a common priority with the France (Channel) – England INTERREG IVA Programme. The RINSE project was delivered under Priority 2: Promoting and enhancing a safe and healthy environment. For further information regarding the Programme, please refer to the 2 Seas website.
RINSE was approved in December 2011 and ran for three years. The total budget for RINSE was EUR 2.5 million.
Examples of INS investigated:
- Australian swamp stonecrop Crassula helmsii
- Floating pennywort Hydrocotyle ranunculoides
- Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
- Topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva
- Mink Neovison vison
- Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus
- Pallas squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus
- Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera
Egyptian goose (Credit: Vera Buhl)