Invasive lizard: a draft prefectural decree plans to eliminate the agama of the settlers by shooting


In a press release, the prefecture of Reunion announces a draft prefectural decree relating to the elimination of the agama of the settlers, an invasive lizard, by shooting.

Communicated :

Draft prefectural decree on the organization of the destruction by shooting of specimens of the agama of the settlers (Agama agama) present in the natural environments of Reunion, under article L411.8 of the code of the environment, on the territory of Reunion

Context :

The ministerial decree of February 9, 2018 taken pursuant to article L411-5 of the Environmental Code prohibits the introduction, voluntary or involuntary, of specimens of non-domestic non-indigenous species into the natural environment in Reunion.

The Agama of the SettlersAgama agama, is a exotic and invasive lizard on the island of Reunion. It was introduced involuntarily to the Captaincy of the “East Port” around 1995, probably arrived with boats from Africa. Since his arrival, he has continued to expand on the island. It is now found all around the island, with the exception of the south-eastern area, and some observations indicate that it could begin to colonize areas at higher altitudes.

Due to its ecology (diet, behavior), its geographical expansion and its colonization of ecologically remarkable environments, this species threatens the natural heritage of Reunion. The impacts of this species are widely documented. He can feed on‘birds and reptiles including endemic geckos protected on the island. It is therefore important not to let it settle permanently in priority areas in terms of biodiversity.

Given the threat posed by the presence of the settler agama, it seems essential to strengthen control actions, as provided for in action no. partnership with the main actors (Directorate of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Departmental Council, Reunion National Park, French Biodiversity Office, National Forestry Office, Coastal Conservatory, Reunion Louveterie, Departmental Federation of Hunters, Association Nature Océan Indien, Society for Ornithological Study of Reunion Island, Initiative for Ecological Restoration in an Island Environment, Association of Professionals in Anti-Termite Treatment, Association for the Valorization of Between Two Worlds), it It is proposed to repeal the previous prefectural decree of January 11, 2022, and to issue a new decree allowing it to be opened up to new partners.

Articles L411-8, R411-46 and R411-47 of the Environment Code provide in particular that:

– As soon as the presence in the natural environment of one of the species mentioned in articles L. 411-5 or L. 411-6 is noted, the administrative authority (the prefect) can proceed or have proceeded with the capture, the sampling , custody or destruction of specimens of that species.

– The prefect specifies by decree the conditions for carrying out the operations.

– Except in the event of an emergency and in order to prevent an avoidable establishment of one of the species appearing on one of the lists drawn up pursuant to Articles L. 411-5 and L. 411-6, the order is issued after consultation of the regional scientific council for natural heritage.

Draft prefectural decree:

A draft prefectoral decree is presented for public consultation.

Its objective is to collect agama from settlers on the territory of Reunion.

The form of the prefectoral order takes into account the texts in force, in particular article L.411-8 of the environment code. It also takes into account the technical note of November 2, 2018 from the Ministry for the Environment, relating to the implementation of operations to combat invasive alien species.

An institutional consultation and the Regional Scientific Council for Natural Heritage is in progress.

A public consultation is open from July 18, 2022 to August 8, 2022 inclusive.

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