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Currently, there is no direct cross-linkage between management strategies under the IAS Regulation, the WFD or the MSFD. However, there is immense potential for more efficient protection of naturally occurring aquatic communities, since measures to protect aquatic species under the IAS Regulation are also suitable for fulfilling the goals of the WFD and the MSFD. Nearly all Member States have national strategies for preventing and mitigating the impact of IAS and these should be more closely coordinated with the programme of measures of the WFD RBMPs as well as the programmes of measures under the MSFD. Under consideration of the significant increase of alien species in freshwaters and the marine environment in recent decades, there is risk that the number of alien species continues to rise with high impact on biodiversity, if no harmonization and efficient management strategies are implemented. 

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