In 2021, the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) will be participating in two invasive species awareness events, including National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) on February 22-26, and BC’s Invasive Species Action Month in May. These events aim to raise awareness of the impacts of invasive species, share educational information and encourage people to take action in preventing the spread of invasive species in Canada.
As part of the NISAW webinar series, ISCBC’s Tourism Resource Coordinator, Anthony Mallinson, will present on February 24 on Invasive Species and Tourism – An Invasive Wise Tourism Plan. Anthony’s presentation will highlight the many connections between invasive species and the tourism industry – how visitors can unknowingly (and sometimes on purpose!) introduce invasive species; the impacts on biodiversity, the economy, and the industry as a whole; and how the industry can work to prevent their spread. This webinar is an introduction to the online resource package and training course to be released by ISCBC in Spring 2021.
ABOUT Invasive Wise tourism
The Invasive Wise Tourism program focuses on high-risk pathways including movement by tourists, anglers, boaters, floatplanes, and recreationalists that contribute to the spread of invasive species throughout the province. The program includes an interactive e-learning training course for tourism business owners, operators, and staff.
The program aims to:
- increase awareness around invasive species and their impacts on the tourism industry;
- demonstrate the connections between the tourism industry and the spread of invasive species;
- identify practical best management practices for the industry and support their adoption