This meeting is targeted at scientists and professionals working with benefits and risks of exotic biological control agents.
The meeting aims to address the following areas:
- To assess the characteristics of exotic natural enemies which are considered to be successful biological control agents
- To assess the characteristics of exotic natural enemies introduced into a country as biological control agents which subsequently become invasive alien species
- To highlight research areas requiring attention and develop strategies for supporting priority research
- Ongoing development of guidelines on assessing environmental benefits and risks of releasing exotic biological control agents to increase cogency of decision making on classical biological control initiatives