PREPSYS project detailed objectives

The project is comprised of six inter-related objectives that will address the issues associated with preventing and/or managing incursions by emerald ash borer (EAB) and bronze birch borer (BBB):

  1. To draw together the evidence base and best practice to inform policy on prevention of entry and/or spread of the two pests not currently in the EU. This will be led by Forest Research, UK.
  2. To assess the risks of invasions and consequent impacts of EAB and BBB to identify current best practice and evidence gaps. Led by NRC (National Reference Centre, Netherlands) with close liaison with partners and colleagues where the pests are currently present (either native or non-native): USA, China and Russia.
  3. To explore existing evidence on prevention and early detection to reduce the time lag between pest incursions and discovery. A key aim of this objective will be to assess ways to improve early detection. Led by BFW (by Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria).
  4. To improve scientific knowledge on how pests spread along pathways and establish in new locations. This will be led by Forest Research. Part of this objective will be to provide an initial exploration of the range of current management options and cost effectiveness in different contexts led by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture, USA).
  5. To develop improved understanding of the range of management options for current use and in the future alongside their cost-effectiveness and likely acceptance by society. This will be led by Forest Research . Bio-economic modelling for the assessment of short and long-term management actions will be led by BFW (Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria).
  6. To use available evidence to identify key stakeholders along pathways associated with EAB and BBB, existing communication networks and the policy landscape. Led by Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland) and Forest Research.

The objectives will be delivered through six inter-related work packages.