The Nova Scotia Invasive Species Council (NSISC) is a collaborative, volunteer-based group of individuals and organizations that aims to raise awareness and promote a coordinated response to the threat of invasive species in Nova Scotia. The NSISC builds on the experience of the former Invasive Species Alliance of Nova Scotia (ISANS), which was based at Acadia University from 2007-2012. The NSISC is a recognized provincial chapter of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) (https://canadainvasives.ca).
NSISC Steering Committee members currently include representatives from the following organizations: Acadia University, Cape Breton University, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and The Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust.
Nova Scotia individuals and groups are making coordinated and informed decisions to manage invasive alien species.
What We Do
The Nova Scotia Invasive Species Council aims to:
- Support a network of expertise and provide a forum for coordination of invasive species research and activities in Nova Scotia
- Connect researchers, the public, and government across geographic landscapes to improve our collaborative abilities and predictive authority
- Facilitate research projects that will further the understanding of best-practices for invasive species management
- Collaborate with all levels of government, NGOs, the public, and other stakeholders to provide accurate and up-to-date information about invasive species either in Nova Scotia or predicted to soon be present
- Maintain and make available information resources for the identification, mapping and management of invasive species
- Promote public education, and undertake activities to raise awareness, seek feedback and engage with NS individuals and groups about the management of invasive species
- Promote coordinated management activities including early detection, rapid response, distribution/mapping, control and eradication
- Mentor the next generation of invasive species researchers and managers