RINSE worked across borders to share best practice and adopt strategic approaches to tackle the threats posed by invasive non-native species (INS).
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.
Egyptian goose (Credit: Vera Buhl)