The Scientific Council on Invasive Alien Species is a scientific body that provides scientific advice to the National Committee. It is composed of the National Scientific Secretariat on Invasive Alien Species (NSSIAS) and at least one scientific expert appointed by/within: 1) the Département de l'Etude du milieu naturel et agricole (DEMNA/SPW), 2) the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), 3) the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Service and Environment (FOD-ENVI), 4) the Leefmilieu Brussels/Bruxelles environnement (BIM), 5) the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), 6) the Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), 7) the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPF), 8) the Botanic Garden Meise (BGM), 9) other scientific experts invited by the Scientific Council.
The Scientific Council provides scientific advice on:
- the Belgian position on proposals to expand the European list;
- the issuing of permits for IAS of Union and national concern;
- emergency measures when more then one party is involved;
- early detection and rapid eradication measures, when more than one party is involved;
- management measures, when more than one party is involved;
- cooperation between Belgium and other Member States;
- species of Belgian concern (for consideration on a national list);
- national action plan on pathways of introduction and spread;
- EU reporting;
- delegate to the European Scientific Forum;
- cooperation with other Member States.
When requested by the Committee, the Council also formulates advice on:
- the restoration of damaged ecosystems;
- the application of transitional measures;
- any other scientific question related to invasive alien species.