IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group
Piero Genovesi, has a PhD in animal ecology, since May 2014 he is head of the Wildlife Advisory Service of the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research – ISPRA, and is chair of the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (www.issg.org). Je is Research Associate with the Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and International Science Advisor for the Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Main area of activity is on invasive species and related policy-making, he co-authored the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species, adopted by the Council of Europe in 2003, and since then he has published several papers on the patterns of invasions and the responses to this threat, including articles and commentaries for high rank journals such as Science, Nature, PNAS, PLoS, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environments, Conservation Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Global Change Biology.
Piero Genovesi has close collaborations with main international institutions, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Union, the Bern Convention, the European Environment Agency, and the Convention on Migratory Species. He is a member of the Liaison Group on Invasive Alien Species of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which involves the main international standard setting organisations (International Plant Protection Convention, World Trade Organisation, World Organisation for Animal Health). More recently he is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Global Invasive Alien Species Information Partnership (GIASIP), launched by the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Piero Genovesi is particularly active in IUCN, since 2013 resides on the Steering Committee of the Species Survival Commission, and is a co-author of the “IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and other Conservation Translocations”, and of the “IUCN Guidelines for the Management of Confiscated, Live Animals and Plants for Conservation”, being discussed at present.
He has followed the development of the EU 1143/2014 Regulation on Invasive Alien Species, has provided technical inputs on the text to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council, and has published a paper specifically on this legal tool (Genovesi P., Carboneras C., Vilà M., & Walton P. (2014) EU adopts innovative legislation on invasive species: a step towards a global response to biological invasions? Biological Invasions). Between 2010 and 2013 he served as member of the Scientific Committee of the European project EUZooS-XXI (FR7). He is co-author of the European code of conduct on zoological gardens and aquaria and invasive alien species (Scalera R, Genovesi P, de Man D, Klausen B, Dickie L 2012. T-PVS/Inf (2011)/26 revised)