US embassy cable - 02ROME1400

INVASIVE SPECIES: STILL AN EXOTIC PRIORITY IN ITALY

Identifier: 02ROME1400
Wikileaks: View 02ROME1400 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-03-19 14:45:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: SENV ETRD TBIO IT FAO
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UNCLAS ROME 001400 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT PASS OES/ETC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SENV, ETRD, TBIO, IT, FAO 
SUBJECT: INVASIVE SPECIES:  STILL AN EXOTIC PRIORITY IN 
ITALY 
 
REF:  01 STATE 66205 
 
1.  ON MAY 2, 2001, SCICOUNS DELIVERED A COPY OF THE U.S. 
NATIONAL INVASIVES MANAGEMENT PLAN (REFTEL) TO PATRIZIA DE 
ANGELIS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MOE NATURE CONSERVATION SERVICE. 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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IN MID-MAY, DE ANGELIS TOLD US THAT INVASIVE SPECIES IS AN 
ISSUE OF GOI CONCERN, BUT AT LOW LEVEL OF PRIORITY.  IN 
FACT, THE GOI RATIFIED BOTH THE BIODIVERSITY AND BERN 
CONVENTIONS - WHICH PROVIDE FOR CONTROL OF INVASIVE ALIEN 
SPECIES - BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE SPECIFIC REGULATIONS OR AN 
ACTION PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THEM.  MOREOVER, ITALY IS FAR 
BEHIND THE U.S. SINCE IT STILL HAS TO MAKE A COMPLETE LIST 
NOT ONLY OF ITS INVASIVE SPECIES BUT OF PLANT AND ANIMAL 
RESOURCES GENERALLY.  DE ANGELIS PROMISED TO PASS THE U.S. 
PLAN TO HER OFFICE EXPERTS AND ORGANIZE A MEETING AS SOON AS 
THEY HAD REVIEWED IT. 
 
2.  CONFIRMING THE LOW LEVEL OF INTEREST IN THE TOPIC, DE 
ANGELIS AGREED TO MEET AGAIN ONLY IN DECEMBER 2001.  SHE WAS 
ACCOMPANIED BY PROF. PAOLO BLASI, PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN 
BOTANICAL SOCIETY.  BLASI CONFIRMED THAT INVASIVE PLANTS 
PLAY A MINOR ROLE IN ITALY COMPARED TO NORTHERN EUROPE (15- 
20 PCT VS 40-50 PCT) DUE TO THE PROTECTIVE ROLE AND GREATER 
TEMPERATURE RANGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE. 
IN FACT, THE INGRESS OF ALIEN SPECIES ORIGINATING IN WARMER 
CLIMATES INSIDE THE INNER - AND THUS HOTTER - ZONES OF 
CENTRAL EUROPEAN CITIES WAS NOT IDENTIFIED IN LARGE 
MEDITERRANEAN CITIES IN ITALY, WHERE THE TEMPERATURES OF THE 
INNER CITY ARE STILL IN THE RANGE REQUIRED BY THE LOCAL 
SPECIES.  HOWEVER, THE RELATIVE PROPORTION OF ALIEN SPECIES 
TENDS TO INCREASE ALONG WITH THE INCREASING LEVELS OF HUMAN 
IMPACT AND URBANIZATION, GENERALLY AS A RESULT OF CLEARING 
LAND FOR AGRICULTURE OR SETTLEMENTS, OR MORE LOCALLY, THE 
TRANSPLANTING OF EXOTIC PLANT MATERIALS INTO NATIVE GARDENS. 
IN ITALY, PALERMO (SICILY) HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF 
EXOTIC/ALIEN SPECIES, INVADERS COLLECTED INTO THE CITY'S 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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BOTANICAL GARDEN. 
 
3.  BLASI ADDED THAT ITALY IS STILL CARRYING OUT A CENSUS OF 
ALIEN SPECIES IN THE ITALIAN FLORA, INVOLVING MORE THAN 20 
ITALIAN UNIVERSITIES.  HE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE 2002 
EUROPEAN MAN AND BIOSPHERE MEETING WOULD BE HELD ON OCTOBER 
7-11 IN ROME.  ITALY WILL PROPOSE INCLUDING ROME IN THE 
WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE LIST. 
 
SEMBLER 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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