Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group

IMISWG Strategic Approach

The IMISWG takes a strategic approach to the management of invasive species in BC. Our goals are to:

  1. prevent the establishment of new invasive plant infestations,
  2. reduce the socio-economic and environmental impacts of existing invasive species, and
  3. provide the framework and capacity for the ongoing management of invasive species

Key actions are aimed at:

  • improving early detection and rapid response;
  • impact evaluation;
  • managing established infestations;
  • building research, education, training and legislative capacity;
  • improving relationships among agencies and stakeholders.

Provincial Strategies

A number of strategies have been developed by provincial agencies with the aim of strengthening cross-jurisdiction coordination and collaboration with respect to invasive species prevention and management.


The Invasive Species Strategic Plan (December 2014)
Published by the BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group
The purpose of this strategy is to guide coordination and integration of Crown land invasive plant management activities.

Invasive Species Strategy for BC (June 2012)
Published by the Invasive Species Council of BC
This Strategy provides a comprehensive framework for the effective management of invasive species in BC.

Invasive Plant Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Plan for BC (November 2012)
Published by the BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group
The purpose of the Invasive Plant Early Detection Rapid Response Plan for BC (BC EDRR Plan) is to provide detailed direction on the decisions and actions required to identify, assess, and respond to new plant species incursions anywhere in British Columbia. For more information on EDRR in BC, please see our EDRR page.

Invasive Plants in BC Protected Lands: A Strategic Plan (January 2006)
Published by the BC Ministry of Environment
The purpose of this strategy is to provide a framework for invasive plant management in protected lands.

Invasive Alien Species Framework for BC (September 2004)
Published by the BC Ministry of Environment The Invasive Alient Species Framework is a background document on invasive alien species issues that affect biodiversity in British Columbia. It sets out a framework for the use of science, and coordinated involvement of partners, to address the threats to BC's environment and economy posed by invasive alien species.

An Invasive Alien Species Strategy for Canada (September 2004)
Published by the Federal Government