Working Group 218 on invasive alien species makes successful start

WG218 meets Brussels Jan 2020. PIANC A_NZ representative Nicola Stokes is third from left.
WG218 meets Brussels Jan 2020. PIANC A_NZ representative Nicola Stokes is third from left.

PIANC Working Group 218 which is looking at the implications of invasive alien species for waterborne transport infrastructure, held its official kick-off in Brussels 30-31 January 2020. This inaugural meeting was attended by all bar one of the members (unavoidable circumstances resulted in the French representative being unable to attend):

  • Chair: Safra Altman, full, USA
  • Secretary: Aaron Schad, alternate, USA
  • Nathan Harms, YP, USA
  • Carola Winkelmann, Germany
  • Nicola Stokes, full, Australia
  • Sahar Mokhtari, full, Iran
  • Guillaume Raffenne, full, France
  • Vicky West, full, UK
  • Lisa Reilly, YP, UK
  • PIANC EnviCom WG Mentor: Jan Brooke

The kick-off session was a great success, with high engagement maintained for the duration. Key outputs of this first session included:

  • The development of a draft outline for the proposed guideline
  • The development of a forward plan schedule for working group meetings
  • The allocation of initial tasks amongst members relevant to subject matter experts
  • The identification of existing knowledge gaps (broadly) which highlighted the benefit of seeking further expertise to allow the guideline to address
    • Full global geographic coverage
    • the business risk and liability considerations from a more comprehensive perspective
    • Engineering options for mitigation of risks

Report by Nicola Stokes NQBP – PIANC Australia and New Zealand member. See her video here.

Terms of reference are here:  ToR-EnviCom-WG-218-The-implications-of-invasive-alien-species-for-waterborne-transport-infrastructure