Tools - Data standards

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)

TDWG was formed to establish international collaboration among biological database projects. It has promoted the wider and more effective dissemination of information about the World's heritage of biological organisms for the benefit of the world at large. TDWG now focuses on the development of standards for the exchange of biological/biodiversity data.

Developing an indicator of the abundance, extent and impact of invasive non-native species - DERFA Final report

This report describes an indicator of the abundance, extent and impact of invasive non-native species in Great Britain. The main ideas and options for the abundance indicator and for the impact indicator are considered. A third type of indicator, the annual rate of establishment of new non-native species, is outlined, with provisional data presented only for England

FAO Database on Introductions of Aquatic Species (DIAS)

Includes records of species transferred from one country to another, including more than 5,500 records.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2013. Invasive and Introduced Tree Species Database

This page contains a database on forest tree species, which have been declared invasive or introduced in at least one country. A country species list is available, where users can select a country and view a list of tree species considered introduced or invasive within that particular country.

International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments

the Ballast Water Management Convention, adopted in 2004, aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, by establishing standards and procedures for the management and control of ships' ballast water and sediments

NatureServe InfoNatura - Animals and Ecosystems of Latin America

This site offers a database of bird, mammal and amphibian species found in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Species records contain information on taxonomy, ecology and conservation status. Distribution maps are also available. Users are also provided with an overview of species data in Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as a summary of the ecosystem types present in the region. InfoNatura provides conservation status, taxonomic, and distribution information for over 8,600 bird, mammal, and amphibian species in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as classification and distribution information for over 750 ecological systems. InfoNatura represents a snapshot" of dynamic data that are continually being refined in NatureServe's central databases. We update InfoNatura one to two times each year to reflect new data from refined geographic surveys, the latest taxonomic treatments, and any new conservation status assessments.

Young T., R. (2006). National and Regional Legislation for Promotion and Support to the Prevention, Control, and Eradication of Invasive Species. Biodiversity series, Paper No 108. 98 pp. Published by The World Bank Environment Department (2006).

The publication addresses different aspects of the invasive alien species issue, but has a lot of content relating to prevention. Part I provides a conceptual and scientific summary and introduction, and Part II provides a very brief overview of some of the key global developments in the field, while Part III examines in greater detail the legislative tools available for use in the control of species introduction, and invasive species. Part IV discusses some of the special concerns relating to the process of building one, or more legislative frameworks utilizing the legislative tools described in Part III, and, provides, in some cases, a brief identification of how the selection and use of those tools might differ within the developing country context.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith