The RAFTS Invasive Species and Biosecurity Programme is the first initiative to attempt to tackle biosecurity issues at the local level over a large geographic area. The Programme is implemented by RAFTS through 20 of its member trusts whose areas of operation cover over 80% of Scotland.
Key outputs and actions of the first stage (2008-2011) of the Programme are the:
- Production of biosecurity plans for 20 member trusts, and
- Implementation of key actions within those plans in a number of areas
- Local reporting and surveillance systems to detect the introduction and monitor the spread of INNS and to report relevant information to national and UK based authorities
- Local rapid response protocols to contain, control and eradicate new populations of selected INNS [click here to see which species] in the Trusts’ areas. These protocols will deal with newly detected incidences of INNS that are already established in GB and that will not trigger the GB rapid response mechanism
- Local and national awareness activities
- Local capacity building particularly training
Three biosecurity plans will be produced during 2008-2009 with a further 11 in 2009-2010 and the final six in 2010-2011.