The local council of La Palma and the La Palma World Biosphere Reserve Foundation held a press conference in the past 12 of January introducing the plan for the prevention, detection, early alert and rapid response against alien invasive plants. The action, coded as C11 within LIFE IP AZORES NATURA, aims to develop an Operational Framework covering the issue, both in La Palma (Canary Islands) and in Corvo (Azores). In La Palma a comprehensive list of 1,700 alien species have been evaluated, of which 135 deemed to be potentially invasive have already been registered, while another 23 are looming in the rest of the Archipelago and the Macaronesian region.

During this press conference, the new executive director of the La Palma Biosphere Reserve, Ernesto Aguiar, was also introduced.