GIASIPartners

GIASIPartners

The GIASIPartnership currently comprises the following:

All Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are automatically members of the GIASIPartnership.  Parties do not sign a separate MoC with the CBD Secretariat, and are considered Partners through the CBD Secretariat’s signing of the Memoranda of Cooperation.

The Parties to the CBD are partners by virtue of the MoC signed between other partners and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Other Partners who have signed the MoC are:

IAS Information Providers

The Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN)  The Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN) has been established as a response to the immense costs and dangers posed by invasive species to the sustainable management of forests in the Asia-Pacific region. APFISN is a cooperative alliance of the 33 member countries in the Asia- Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) - a statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The network focuses on inter-country cooperation that helps to detect, prevent, monitor, eradicate and/or control forest invasive species in the Asia-Pacific region.

CABI CABI is a not-for-profit international organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Its mission and direction is influenced by its member countries who help guide the activities it undertake.  It has developed the Invasive Species Compendium.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)  The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.  Of particular relevance to the GIASIPartnership are the Invasive Species Initiative, which is part of the Global Species Programme of IUCN, located in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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Invasive Species Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission  The ISSG is a global network of scientific and policy experts on invasive species, organized under the auspices of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It aims to reduce threats to natural ecosystems and the native species they contain by increasing awareness of invasive alien species, and of ways to prevent, control or eradicate them.      

FishBase Information and Research Group The FishBase Information and Research Group, Inc. (FIN) is a domestic non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization established in the Philippines in September 2003. FIN has been created and is backed by the FishBase Consortium, a group of nine international Institutes and Organizations that is providing long-term support for FishBase (www.fishbase.org). Members of the FishBase Consortium are: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, Rome, Italy); The WorldFish Center (Penang, Malaysia); Institute of Marine Research (Kiel, Germany); Swedish Museum of Natural History (Stockholm, Sweden); Africa Museum (Tervuren, Belgium) Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France); Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece); and Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (Beijing, China). The Coordinator of the FishBase Consortium is the Chair of FIN’s Board of Trustees. 

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) was established by governments in 2001 to encourage free and open access to biodiversity data, via the Internet. Through a global network of countries and organizations, GBIF promotes and facilitates the mobilization, access, discovery and use of information about the occurrence of organisms over time and across the planet.  Data mediated by GBIF are increasingly used as a basis for research on Invasive Alien Species.  For example, papers listed here are those published in 2012 on invasive species that use GBIF-mediated data, and papers treating African invasive alien species are listed here.

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France)  The Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) is one of the three largest natural history museums in the world and is legally recognized as the French national reference centre for the natural world. Its research is devoted to the study of biodiversity within global changes.    This feeds its other four missions: the conservation, development and promotion of its collections; education; expertise provided to public authorities; and the communication of knowledge to the wider public (four million visitors a year to its two sites).

Natural History Museum, UK (NHM)  The Natural History Museum is the National Museum of the UK, with the Mission to ‘Explore the diversity of the natural world and the processes that generate this diversity and to use the knowledge gained to promote responsible interaction with the natural world.’  This is delivered in part by the collections of over 70 million specimens, and by the generation of new knowledge through research. 

The Horus Institute for Environmental Conservation and Development (Brazil) has the mission to ‘’develop alternatives in environmental conservation integrated with social and economic development, production systems and the daily life of people.’  It has collaborated in developing a shareware database on Invasive Alien Species.   The Brazilian database on invasive alien species developed by the Universidad Nacional del Sur, in Argentina, and by the Horus Institute in Brazil through the I3N (IABIN Invasives Information Network), has been offered as a free product for other countries in the process of compiling data on biological invasions. 

Business Associates

Anatrack Ltd is a spin-out from the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (NERC-CEH). Founded in 2000, its primary purpose has been to develop and market ecological software designed in NERC-CEH, with a particular interest in the development of specialist GIS software for modelling animal populations in relation to human impacts and especially changing land-use. Anatrack now also conducts research more widely on environmental topics, mostly for the European Commission.