Information services - Expert registers

ANS Task Force Experts Directory

Designed particularly for USA, allowing users to search for experts by US State.

BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, the Global Network for taxonomy

Regional contacts are listed here. These individuals may be able to put you in contact with specialists (particularly taxonomists) in the geographical area in which you are interested.

CBD - ABS Roster of Experts

Users can search the database using the following criteria: Country, ABS Expertise, UN Language, or Other Language.

CBD - Island Biodiversity

Over the past century, island biodiversity has been subject to intense pressure from invasive alien species, habitat change and over-exploitation, and, increasingly, from climate change and pollution. This pressure is also keenly felt by island economies. Among the most vulnerable of the developing countries, small island developing States (SIDS) depend on the conservation and sustainable use of island biodiversity for their sustainable development.

This site provides links to national reports, case studies, toolkits and guidelines, publications and other related information.

European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC)

The mission of EIFAC is to promote the long-term sustainable development, utilization, conservation, restoration and responsible management of European inland fisheries and aquaculture, consistent with the objectives and principles of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other relevant international instruments, and to support sustainable economic, social, and recreational activities towards these goals through:
providing advice, information and coordination;
encouraging enhanced stakeholder participation and communication; and
the delivery of effective research.

European network on Invasive alien Species (NOBANIS) - Database

Alien species database, searchable by species, taxonomic group, habitat and country. Covers all groups for Europe.

Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA)

This is an information network for parties interested in pest management in forests in sub-Saharan Africa. There is a register of forest pest management experts, as well as lists of projects on insect pests, diseases, invasive plants and biocontrol. Publications from the Forest and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) are also available. The Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA) was created in 2004 to coordinate the collation and dissemination of information relating to forest invasive species in sub-Saharan Africa for sustainable forest management and conservation of biodiversity. Invasive species are defined as biotic agents, not native to a specific forest ecosystem, whose introduction does, or is likely, to cause harm to the forest ecosystem.

Global Eradication and Response Database (Gerda)

The GERDA database summarises incursion response and eradication programmes from around the world. The scope of the database is terrestrial arthropod pests and plant pathogens. Weeds, vertebrate pests, aquatic pests, and animal diseases are not currently included

I3N - Chile

A database containing a list of invasive species. This is the component corresponding to CHILE of the information network on invasive alien species (I3N) of the Inter-American network of information on biodiversity (IABIN)"

Invasive alien species in the Lower Mekong Basin : current state of play

The Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP) will devise a regional strategy to address the existing and potential impacts of IAS in the LMB. This preliminary report is the first step in moving towards developing a strategy to manage IAS issues in the LMB.

Invasive Species Ireland

The website contains a range of resources, information and case studies on invasive species and their management in Ireland. Species profiles contain ecological information and pictures, along with simple measures to prevent their spread. The Biosecurity section provides guidelines and codes of practice for fields such as horticulture, aquaculture and other general activities in order to minimise the chances of spread for invasive species. The site also has a Management Toolkit section, which provides extensive information on implementing measures of control, and these information include risk assessments, legislation, biocontrol, other control measures (chemical, physical etc.), priority setting, collaboration and local action. In Ireland, practical management of introduced species is challenging because of the cross-border implications of controlling introductions and spread. A pro-active stance is fundamental since prevention of introductions is demonstrably more cost-effective than reactive control or eradication measures.

Invasive Species Ireland acts as a co-ordination mechanism and provides advice and resources for stakeholders, in addition to carrying out risk assessment, policy development, education and awareness activities, research and development of invasive species action plans.


Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC)

The Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC) is a largely virtual institute providing on-line information services in the area of biological invasions research and management. Facilitation of international cooperation on the invasive species related issues, linking international research community and general public, managers and decision-makers as well as other interested stakeholders are among the main REABIC objectives.
The REABIC is started in 2001 as a web portal, providing access to the global, regional, sub-regional and national Internet resources on biological invasions (the Regional Biological Invasions Centre project, RBIC). At present REABIC is serving as an independent virtual data centre for applied research and management of invasive species focusing on the Euro-Asian region and providing online services for interested stakeholders around a World..
REABIC is hosting web sites of the International Society of Limnology Working Group on Aquatic Invasive Species (SIL WGAIS), and the European Information and Research Network on Aquatic Invasive Species (ERNAIS).
REABIC is a partner organisation and data provider for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) (REABIC profile at the GBIF web site) and for the developing European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN)
REABIC is serving also as an official publisher of open access, peer-reviewed international journals focusing on biological invasions Aquatic Invasions, BioInvasions Records and Management of Biological Invasions
Currently REABIC is working on development of online decision support systems for management of invasive alien species in the Black Sea area (see "Decision Support System for Management of Invasive Alien Species in the Black Sea Basin"). with support of European Commission via the EnviroGRIDS project

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is an intergovernmental organisation with a mandate from its 178 Members to improve animal health worldwide. The OIE is the reference standard-setting international organisation according to the Agreement of the World Trade Organisation. It is responsible for ensuring transparency of the animal disease situation worldwide, including diseases transmissible to humans, as well as safeguarding the sanitary safety of world trade of animals and animal products and ensuring food safety. Since 2000 the organisation also publishes international standards on animal welfare.

Weeds Australia - Weeds of National Significance - African Boxthorn

This page contains information and useful links to the identification, ecology, legislation, management and strategic plan of the African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum).

Weeds Australia - Weeds of National Significance - Athel Pine

This site provides extensive information on the spread, distribution and management of Athel Pine (Tamarix aphylla) in Australia. Included on this site are links to resources such as the national priority framework, a potential distribution map, a management map, a best practice management manual, a review of progress strategic plan, and links to other relevant documents and resources.

Weeds Australia - Weeds of National Significance - Blackberry

This page provides information and links to useful resources on the management of blackberry (Rubus fruticosus agg.) in Australia. This includes funding priorities information, management and distribution maps, a control manual, a control brochure, a list of state contacts, and other resources e.g. national strategy plans.

Weeds Australia - Weeds of National Significance - Lantana

This page provides information and links to useful resources on the management of lantana (Lantana camara) in Australia. This includes a national priority action framework, management and potential distribution maps, remote sensing maps, a best practice manual and decision support tool, national plans for lantana, contacts for the National Lantana Management Group and links to national strategies.

Weeds Australia - Weeds of National Significance - Mimosa

This page provides information and links to useful resources on the management of mimosa (Mimosa pigra) in Australia. This includes a national priority action framework for the species, national strategies, management and potential distribution maps, a list of contacts across different states and a national management manual. There are also links to other relevant resources such as video footage, information sheets and information on biocontrol.

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