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Invasive Alien Plant Species and Engineering Projects

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 26 May 2016
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members:  €195
    Non-Members: €245

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details

  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C1

Seminar overview

Invasive Alien Plant Species (IAPS) – the name may sound alarming but the potential damage and costs they can incur mean that IAPS certainly deserve our attention. The EU has recognised Invasive Alien Species introductions as one of the main causes of natural biodiversity loss while the estimated costs of Invasive Alien Species worldwide is a staggering $1.4 trillion or 5% of the global economy. In Ireland this cost has been estimated at €266 million in 2013.

The discovery of an IAPS such as Japanese Knotweed at a building development or infrastructure site can mean significant delays and substantial costs jeopardising the delivery of engineering projects on time and on budget.

Seminar aim

This seminar will enable delegates to recognise IAPS and discover how they are being mapped and monitored in Ireland. Delegates will be informed of the legislation governing IAPS and their treatment and disposal. Organisations such as the TII and Irish Water will share their experiences delivering engineering projects threatened by IAPS and case studies will show the latest measures used to effectively control, prevent and eradicate IAPS . 

Who should attend?

The seminar will be of interest to engineers, environmental scientists, contractors, sub-contractors, local authority engineers and heritage officers and others involved in the delivery of infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, rail or waterways developments as well as commercial or residential building projects.   
Speakers include:
  • Colette O'Flynn, Invasive Species Officer, Biodiversity Data Centre
    Identifying Ireland’s most invasive species
  • Christian Nea, Senior Engineer (Environment), Transport Infrastructure Ireland  
    The law driving and regulating the management of Japanese knotweed
  • Dr Vincent O'Malley, Head of Environmental Policy & Compliance, Transport Infrastructure Ireland   
    Managing Invasive Plant Species on the National Road Network
  • Dr Brian Deegan, Catchment Scientist, Irish Water
    Irish Water’s Experiences with Invasive Species
  • Maria Donoghue, Executive Architect and Thomas O'Neill, Heritage Officer,  Limerick City and County Council
    Invasive Alien Plant Species: A Local Authority Experience
  • Dr Joe Caffrey, Consultant, Invas Biosecurity
    Effective removal and long-term disposal of Japanese knotweed from a construction site – a case study in Westport, Co Mayo
  • Dr Frances Giaquinto, Independent Consultant
    Two related case studies of in-situ eradication of Japanese knotweed from residential and commercial sites


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26 May 2016

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Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, fax or email.