Front page photo: Trachemys scripta by Henrik Bringsøe
The European Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS) is a gateway to information on alien and invasive species in North and Central Europe.

Regional portal on invasive alien species

NOBANIS covers marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments and provides: 

  • A distributed but integrated database on introduced species in the region
  • Fact sheets on many of the most invasive aliens
  • A catalogue of the regulation relevant to invasive species in participating countries
  • A photo bank of alien species
  • A marine key to identify invasive species in Nordic waters
  • A catalogue of regional databases
  • Connections to regional and global networks and projects of invasive aliens species


New Species Alerts

Laonome sp

A new alien polychaete species has been found at very high densities in the Pärnu Bay area of the Baltic Sea in Estonia.


Golden jackal

Canis aureus, registered for the first time in Biebrzański Park Narodowy, Poland.


What's new in Invasive Alien Species world?

EMAPI 2017 - International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

The 14th Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions World Congress will be held in Lisbon, from 4th to 8th September 2017.

The aim of the EMAPI 2017 is to promote the opportunity to share findings and experiences — research, management, and policy — with professionals from around the world. 

The Congress aims to become a benchmark event, by gathering a large number of scientists, managers and policymakers from around the world, who will interact and explore ways to face global and regional challenges presented by alien plant invasions, for the benefit of the present and future generations.

A mid-conference field trip will offer first-hand experience with Portuguese coastal plant invasions, while also allowing extensive opportunities for networking. The organisers expect that ca. 300 active researchers, managers and policy makers will take part in the meeting. A special discount registration will be available to students.

Organizer: Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), University of Lisbon, 




Joint VKM and EFSA Symposium in Oslo, 26 - 27 October 2017

Advancing environmental risk assessment by accounting for biodiversity and ecosystem services as protection goals

How can we derive operational protection goals for use in environmental risk assessments? This question will be addressed at the Symposium where EFSA’s latest guidance on making protection goals operational will be presented.


The Symposium also aims at fostering dialogue and cooperation on protection goals between risk assessors and risk managers.

See here for details

Current activities

NOBANIS projects

The present report contributes to the fulfilment of obligations in the Aichi target 9 under CBD and the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 target 5.

NOBANIS Newsletters

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Bern Convention Group of IAS Experts

22 March 2019

June 24 -25, 2019 in Butumi, Georgia

EMAPI 15@ Prague

11 February 2019

15th Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions 9-13 September 2019, Czech Republic, Prague

9th ESENIAS Workshop and Joint ESENIAS and DIAS Scientific Conference

11 February 2019

9th ESENIAS and DIAS Scientific Conference Workshop "Species, ecosystems and areas of conservation concern under threat from the invasive alien species." Aqualina Hotel, Sveti Stefan, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia 3-6 September 2019

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IPBES Call for nominations of fellows – assessment of invasive alien species

11 February 2019

IPBES members,observers, stakeholders and relevant organizations are invited to nominate fellows for the upcoming IPBES assessment of invasive alien species.

Written by: Melanie.Josefsson

News 2017

26 April 2017

Written by: pawel.wasowicz

News 2016

17 October 2016

NOBANIS secretariat now in Iceland

Written by: pawel.wasowicz

News 2015

02 June 2015

Data on alien invasive species from Slovakia is now available online

Written by: maya.caspersen

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