Information services - Oganizations

Agricultural Pests - Barcode of Life

This site provides summary information on DNA barcode coverage for invertebrate pests of significance to global plant production. It is intended for use by the plant protection community, including regulators, researchers, and growers; allowing users to determine how DNA barcoding can assist their pest identification needs while promoting further development of DNA barcode libraries for plant pests.

Anatrack Ltd

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.

CABI - Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International

CABI is a not-for-profit international Organisation 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 href="">the Invasive Species Compendium; the Invasive Species Compendium).

CBD - Inter-Agency Liaison Group on Invasive Alien Species

The general purpose of the Liaison Group is to facilitate cooperation among relevant organizations to support measures to prevent the introduction and mitigate the impacts of invasive alien species. In the period up to 2020 the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and in particular Aichi Target 9, will provide the main focus of the work of this group.

CBD - List of Parties

List of countries party to the CBD, the Cartagena Protocol and its Supplementary Protocol, or the Nagoya Protocol.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD/CHM)

The Convention on Biological Diversity provides a global policy framework for action on Invasive Alien Species. The pages on the CBD website provide information and links to important documents, forthcoming meetings, and some useful links to other websites.

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO)

EPPO is an intergovernmental organization created in 1951 which currently has 50 member countries. EPPO is responsible for harmonization and cooperation among the National Plant Protection Organizations (official authorities) of its member countries. EPPO helps its members in their efforts to protect plant health in agriculture, forestry and the uncultivated environment (standard-setting activities and exchange of information). On its official website, EPPO also provides:

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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.

FAO EMPRES-i Global Animal Disease information System

EMPRES Global Animal Disease Information System (EMPRES-i) is a web-based application that has been designed to support veterinary services by facilitating the organization and access to regional and global disease information. Timely and reliable disease information enhances early warning and response to transboundary and high impact animal diseases, including emergent zoonoses, and supports prevention, improved management and progressive approach to control. The team conducts global surveillance of animal disease pathogens and we follow up disease events of significance in terms of impact at global level, livestock production, food security and public health. Risk assessment is a key activity of the team in Rome.

FishBase Information and Research Group

The FishBase Information and Research Group, Inc. (FIN) is a domestic non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental Organisation 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 Organisations that is providing long-term support for FishBase ( Members of the FishBase Consortium are: Food and Agriculture Organisation 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.

GB Non-native Species Secretariat

The Non-native Species Secretariat has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain. We are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales. This website provides tools and information for those working to support the UK non-native species strategy.

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 Organisations, GBIF promotes and facilitates the mobilization, access, discovery and use of information about the occurrence of organisms over time and across the planet.
In addition to data, distribution maps based on the data mediated through GBIF are produced on site, and can be delivered to other sites. The GBIF site also allows the data to be downloaded as placemarks for Google Earth. GBIF – mediated data also provides the maps in Encyclopedia, developed by a mapping tool created with Vizzuality.

Global invasive Species information network (GISIN)

This website provides a large directory of sites covering different aspects of invasive species at different spatial scales and with a global coverage.


Invasive aquatic species are one of the four greatest threats to the world's oceans, and can cause extremely severe environmental, economic and public health impacts.The GEF/UNDP/IMO Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast) is assisting developing countries to; reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water, implement the IMO ballast water Guidelines and prepare for the new IMO ballast water Convention.

I3N - Brazil

This website hosts the National Invasive Species Database for Brasil. The site contains information on risk assessments of non-native species, case studies of IAS in Brazil, links to published articles, legal regulations and a photo gallery of invasive species.

I3N - Guatemala

As part of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), the I3N Invasive Species Network is a regional network of people and institutions sharing information on invasive species of all taxa.

I3N - Mexico

As part of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), the I3N Invasive Species Network is a regional network of people and institutions sharing information on invasive species of all taxa. The website provides links to the National Strategy on Invasive Species and to CONABIO database

I3N - Paraguay

As part of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), the I3N Invasive Species Network is a regional network of people and institutions sharing information on invasive species of all taxa.

I3N - Peru

As part of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), the I3N Invasive Species Network is a regional network of people and institutions sharing information on invasive species of all taxa.

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) coordinates and promotes marine research on oceanography, the marine environment, the marine ecosystem, and on living marine resources in the North Atlantic. ICES is a scientific and research organization for the provision of information and advice to member countries and international bodies.

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

An international agreement on plant health with 178 current signatories. It aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and to control the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products.
The Convention extends beyond the protection of cultivated plants to the protection of natural flora and plant products. It takes into consideration both direct and indirect damage by pests, so it includes weeds. It also covers vehicles, aircraft and vessels, containers, storage places, soil and other objects or material that can harbour or spread pests.
The Convention provides a framework and a forum for international cooperation, harmonization and technical exchange between contracting parties.
Its implementation involves collaboration by National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) — the official services established by governments to discharge the functions specified by the IPPC — and Regional Plant Protection Organisations (RPPOs), which can act as coordinating bodies at a regional level to achieve the objectives of the IPPC. The Secretariat of the IPPC is provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) – Phytosanitary information portal

At you can find and contribute phytosanitary technical resources from and to the world's plant protection community. The IPPC Secretariat encourages contributions in any language from anyone in the world working in the field of plant protection including IPPC Contracting Parties, Regional Plant Protection Organisations and other relevant organisations.

International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA)

The International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA) was founded in 1997, in response to a request from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO for an international programme o­n harmful algae. The Society is affiliated to the ICSU family of organizations as a constituent part of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) through the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO). The overall mandate of the Society is to promote and foster research and training programs o­n harmful algae, and to co-sponsor meetings o­n this topic at the national, regional, and international level.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental Organisation. Of particular relevance to the GIASIPartnership are href="">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.

Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)

The ISSG is a global network of scientific and policy experts on invasive species, Organised 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.

The ISSG promotes and facilitates the exchange of invasive species information and knowledge across the globe and ensures the linkage between knowledge, practice and policy so that decision making is informed. The two core activity areas of the ISSG are policy and technical advice, and, information exchange through our online resources and tools and through networking. The ISSG manages Aliens-L, a list server dedicated to invasive species that threaten biodiversity. It allows users to freely seek and share information on invasive species and related issues. It also maintains a Facebook Page. .

IUCN - Invasive Species Initiative

Biological invasions are a serious threat to ecosystems and species across the world as well as to human development, human health and livelihoods. This driver of ecosystem degradation has been recognized by IUCN for more than a decade and is the subject of a number of policy statements and recommendations of IUCN’s governing body, the World Conservation Congress.
The Invasive Species Initiative is part of the Global Species Programme of IUCN, located in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

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.

Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII)

The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) is the leading capacity development agency within the Pacific Region for invasive species management. PII works with Pacific Island Countries and Territories, both government and non-government organisations, to build the capacity of their staff by providing technical advice and support and training courses, to effectively manage threats posed by invasive species.

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

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) documents

SANBI documents can be downloaded from here.

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.

USDA National Invasive Species Information Centre (NISIC)

Gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.

WTO/STDF - Standards and Trade Development Facility homepage

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is a global partnership that supports developing countries in building their capacity to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations as a means to improve their human, animal and plant health status and ability to gain or maintain access to markets.

WTO/STDF - STDF page on invasive alien species

Links to Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) publications on IAS.

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