The Action on Invasives programme

Defeating the hidden threat to sustainable development

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Taking action

CABI’s global Action on Invasives programme aims to protect and improve the livelihoods of rural communities through an environmentally sustainable, regional, and cross-sectoral approach to managing invasive species. The programme adopts a systems- based approach to managing biological invasions across sectors in three stages:

  • Prevention: developing and implementing biosecurity policies to prevent the arrival and spread of invasive species and raising awareness of potential threats at a local level

  • Early detection and rapid response: building capacity to develop and implement surveillance and emergency action plans for detecting and eradicating new invasions

  • Control: scaling up existing invasive species management solutions; embedding control options in policy; and making sure that those living in rural communities have access to best practice and locally adapted solutions and are actively engaged in their implementation

Action on Invasives brings together CABI’s 100-year track record in invasive species management, strengthening of plant health systems, and delivery of practical and authoritative knowledge and solutions into the hands of everyone affected – from farmers to policy-makers. CABI is also a member of the Inter-Agency Liaison Group on Invasive Species and was co-founder of the Global Invasive Species Programme.

CABI undertakes collaborative applied research in the main aspects of the prevention and management of invasive species and has particular expertise in biological control, a sustainable way of tackling invasive species and an important component of the integrated pest management (IPM) approach advocated by CABI.

How we deliver the programme

CABI is well-placed to champion systematic change in invasive species management. To pursue our three-stage approach, the programme is organised into four work packages managed by a co-ordination unit and directed by a programme board. Each work package includes strong elements of gender and youth involvement, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

Stakeholder engagement

Action on Invasives will foster and strengthen the right partnerships at regional, national, and local levels for sustainable invasive species management, building on CABI’s successful Plantwise programme. Action on Invasives is steered by appropriate actors and key stakeholders.

Community action

Many activities will be targeted at the community level, ensuring that best practice solutions are not only available for people living in rural communities, but that these local communities are actively engaged in running them. Inaddition to delivering information, Action on Invasives will facilitate scalable access for communities to new solutions that will help to mitigate biological invasions.

Knowledge and data

Action on Invasives will create dedicated knowledge tools enhanced for practical decision support, including an invasive species Horizon Scanning Tool and a Pest Risk Analysis tool. These build on CABI’s successful Invasive Species Compendium and Plantwise Knowledge Bank, meeting a wide range of user needs.

Best practice solutions

Action on Invasives will develop and strengthen risk-driven surveillance and response protocols in line with international guidelines, using innovative approaches to support diagnosis, surveillance, and control of priority species. The programme’s research and engagement will be developed and validated in collaboration with trained in-country stakeholders.

Annual Reports

Action on Invasives Annual Report 2019

Action on Invasives Annual Report 2018

Action on Invasives Annual Report 2017


CABI is an international not-for-profit organisation that works to improve people’s lives worldwide by solving problems in agriculture and the environment. CABI’s work is delivered through dedicated teams and key partners in 49 countries across the globe.


Plantwise is a global programme led by CABI which aims to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses. Through a network of plant clinics, Plantwise helps smallholder farmers lose less of what they grow to pests and diseases.