Programmes and projects

International programmes and projects

Global Invasive Species Programme - GISP addresses the global threat caused by Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and provides support to the implementation of Article 8(h) of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission- database on invasive species.

GloBallast - Global Ballast Water Management Programme

The Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN). All GISIN publications including the Baltimore Declaration, the Proceedings, and the List of Online IAS Information Systems are available for download from this Web site.

The FAO database on introductions of aquatic species (DIAS). The database includes records of species introduced or transferred from one country to another

Portal to invasive species in USA - This page is a very exhaustive starting point for information on North American internet sources.

The Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species Database Working Group (NIASDWG) coordinates cross-agency efforts relating to federally-sponsored aquatic nonindigenous species databases to promote greater efficacy in communication of aquatic nonindigenous species related data and greater efficiency of database management.

NEOBIOTA - Arbeitsgemeinschaft biologische Invasionen. A German working group on invasive aliens species (in german).

European Research and management Network on Aquatic Invasive Species (ERNAIS)

Alien species and nature conservation in the EU. Report on the EU LIFE-programme.

Giant Aliens - The overall objective of the project was to develop an integrated management strategy that comprises effective, practicable and sustainable means of controlling an alien non-agricultural weed (H. mantegazzianum).

Aquatic aliens species in German inland and coastal waters which contains species directories and direct access to a range of publication on aquatic species.

Invasive Species Ireland: A joint project between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with e.g. catalogues of the most unwanted species and a report system for sightings of invasive species.

ESENIAS: The East and South European Network For Invasive Alien Species.


National programmes and projects

IAS risk assessmen protocol Harmonia+ - Created as parts of the Alien Alert project, on horizon scanning for new pests and invasive species in Belgium and neighbouring areas.

Invasive plant species in Portugal

Swedish infomation site on aquatic invasive aliens species

AquAliens - research programme on introduced species in Swedish waters

Invasive Non-Native Species in the UK - This website has information on all Alien or Non-native organisms that are invasive in the UK

Invasive - Invasive and Exotic Species of North America

Invasives in Japan - links to the text of Japan's invasive species legislation and a listing of non-native species in that country

The Swiss Commissions for -  Wild Plant Conservation and Cultivated Plant Conservation pages in invasive species.

Belgian Forum on Invasive Alien Species gives access to Harmonia, an new interoperable database on invasive alien species in Belgium, with a focus on species threatening native biodiversity.

Non-indigenous species in the Belgian part of the North Sea and its adjacent estuaries. The Flanders Marine Institute. (in Dutch)

National project of Belarus - Determination the dynamic of invasive processes in the fauna and flora of the Republic of Belarus, to assess the impact of invasive alien species on native communities as a basis for the development of effective control measures and minimize damage

The state of lake ecosystems under introduction of common carp (Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus, 1758) in Belarus


A diversity of international publications on management of invasive species

Pathway analysis for non-native species in Denmark - analysis of introduction pathways for alien species recorded in the NOBANIS database for Denmark.

Report: Monitoring of non-indigenous species in Danish marine waters. Publikation available here.

Report on unintentional introduction of IAS through plant import "Fremmede arter - kortlegging og overvåking av spredningsvegen - import af planteprodukter".Available in Norwegian with an English abstract

Report "Horizon scanning for new invasive non-native species in the Netherlands".

Report: Gollasch, S., Kerckhof, F., Craeymeersch, J., Goulletquer, P., Jensen, K., Jelmert, A. and Minchin, D. 2015. Alien Species Alert: Ensis directus. Current status of invasions by the marine bivalve Ensis directus. ICES Cooperative Research Report No. 323. 32 pp. Available here.

A LIFE Focus publication on Invasive alien species. A brochure that links the work of LIFE projects with the aims of the new EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation.

Report: "risk analysis and prioitisation - for invasive and non-native species in Ireland and Northern Ireland" 2013. Available here.

 Report: Warning list for Germany 2013 " Erstellung einer Warnliste in Deutschland noch nicht vorkommender invasiver Tiere und Pflanzen" in German only. Available here.

Report on Non-Native Species in Great Britain: establishment, detection and reporting to inform effective decision making. Available here.

Report: ICES. 2013. Report of the ICES Working Group on Introduction and Transfers of Ma-rine Organisms (WGITMO), 20 - 22 March 2013, Montreal, Canada. ICES CM 2013/ACOM:30. 149 pp.Available here.

"The impact of invasive alien species in Europe" - a technical report from the European Environmental Agency

Aquatic Invasions - is an open access, peer-reviewed international journal focusing on biological invasions in inland and coastal waters of Europe, North America and other regions (regular issues of AI are available both electronically and in print). As part of early warning function of the journal, new records of aquatic invasive species are published regularly as rapid communications in the electronic journal supplements).

Global Biodiversity outlook (2) - from the Convetion on Biological diversity -on page 36 the first attempts on building an indicator on invasive alien species using NOBANIS data.

The report "Global warming opens the door for invasive macrophytes in Swedish lakes and streams" by Simon Hallstan

Report on preventing the introduction of a new lobster species in Nordic Sea Areas - "Forebyggelse av ny hummerart i nordiske farvande" (15 september 2004 by the Nordic Council of Ministers).

Report - Alien Species Alert: Ensis directus, Current status of invasionsby the marine bivalve Ensis directus ((pdf-file)

Economic impact of the spread of alien species in Germany a report from the Federal Environment Agency of Germany (pdf-file).

Article about alien species in European seas (Streftaris et al. 2005)

Report on invasive species in Switzerland: "An inventory of alien species and their threat to biodiversity and economy in Switzerland" (pdf-file)

Identification of introduced freshwater fish established in Europe and assessment of their geographical origin, current distribution, motivation for their introduction and type of impacts produced - report from the European Topic Centre on Nature Protection and Biodiversity, february 2002 (pdf- file available here).

Report on 'Introduced Marine Organisms' - Workshop on Risks and Management Measures, Trondheim, Norway 10 – 11 may 2004

Non-native marine species in British waters - a publication by JNCC detailing the introduction of marine fauna and flora to Great Britain (England, Scotland & Wales).

Second Report of the European Community to the Convention on Biological Diversity - Thematic Report on Aliens Invasive Species

A LIFE Focus publication that describes the role of LIFE to support innovative projects for the management of exotic or alien species, and highlights successful strategies, which are being implemented throughout the European Union.

New resolution on trade in alien invasive species from COP 13 of the Convention on International Trade on Endagered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Final Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Chapter 17, which relates to invasive species: 'Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species' (pdf-file, 323 kb). The entire report can be found here.

The study, "Front Door Wide Open to Weeds", undertaken by the University of Western Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Australian Weed Management, download from the WWF Australia Web site.

Article:Biotic invasions: Causes, epidemiology, global consequences, and control. by Mack, R. N., D. Simberloff, W. M. Lonsdale, H. Evans, M. Clout, and F. A. Bazzaz. 2000. In Ecological Applications.

Article: Nehring, S. 2005. International shipping a risk for aquatic biodiversity in Germany.Available here.

Article: Seebens, H., Gastner, M. T. and Blasius, B. 2013. The risk of marine bioinvasion caused by global shipping. Ecology Letters, (2013) 16: 782–790. Available here.

Article: Lehtiniemi, M., et al. 2015. Dose of truth - Monitoring marine non-indigenous species to serve legislative requirements.Available here.