Well does any of this sound familiar? Maybe someday the U. S. will actually fund its National Invasive Species Council.
"The authors of the paper, who recently edited the Handbook of Alien Species in Europe2, recommend the European Parliament and Council give serious consideration to the establishment of a single body to bring together invasive species related resources and activities currently dispersed amongst the various European institutions. This body, which they call the European Centre for Invasive Species Management (ECISM), would have a mission to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to the economy and environment posed by invasive species. ECISM would coordinate activities across Member States, building a Europe-wide surveillance system which could monitor emerging threats, support rapid response and raise public awareness around the issues of invasive species.
The idea is sound, but such a Centre would face considerable challenges. For example, the major policy driver of a single EU market for goods and people favours the spread of invasive species, the number of alien species introductions continues to increase year on year, and public awareness of the impact of those species is little more than 2%. Unfortunately, these factors make the formation of such a body all the more challenging and only time will tell if Europe is able to meet that challenge."http://www.labspaces.net/96786/Will_Europe_at_last_unite_to_combat_thousands_of_alien_invaders_