Organisations & resources

 

What is it?

GEO BON is a part of GEO, The Group on Earth Observations. Within the GEO family, GEO BON represents biodiversity, one of GEO’s nine Societal-Benefit-Areas. GEO BON has created a large global network and community of practice involved in biodiversity observations.

How it can help?

GEO BON’s mission is to improve the acquisition, coordination and delivery of biodiversity information (including information relevant to biological invasion) and services to users, particularly decision-makers. GEO BON’s vision is to provide by 2025, a robust, extensive and interoperable biodiversity observation network covering the major biomes of the globe. The observations derived from this network are contributing to effective and timely conservation, sustainable use, and mitigation and adaptation decisions regarding the world’s ecosystems, the biodiversity they support, and the services they provide

Link – http://geobon.org


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What is it?

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a global agreement addressing all aspects of biological diversity: genetic resources, species, and ecosystems. The Parties to the Convention adopted a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, for the 2011-2020 period. This plan provides an overarching framework on biodiversity, not only for the biodiversity-related conventions, but for the entire United Nations system and all other partners engaged in biodiversity management and policy development.

How it can help?

Aichi Target 9 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity concerns invasive species, and the CBD provides a range of resources and guidelines for understanding and addressing this Target.

Links

http://www.cbd.int/invasive/

http://www.cbd.int/sp/targets/rationale/target-9/


 

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What is it?

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments that encourages 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.

How it can help?

Encourages, helps and provides common standards for publishing data, data structure and management to maximize the value of data

Link – http://www.gbif.org/


 

GIASIP

What is it?

The Global Invasive Alien Species Information Partnership (GIASIP) is a partnership to assist Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and others, to implement Article 8(h) and Target 9 of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

How it can help?

  • Provides links to necessary information and a forum for discussion.
  • Provides species identifications tools

Links

http://giasipartnership.myspecies.info

http://giasipartnership.myspecies.info/resources/14612/14609



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Who are they?

The Invasive Species Specialist Group (IUCN Species Survival Commission) 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). 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.

How can they help?

Provides technical and scientific advice to IUCN Members, and national and regional agencies in developing policy and strategies to manage the risk of biological invasions. The ISSG hosts the Global Invasive Species Database that is an online source of information about alien and invasive species that negatively impact biodiversity. 

Link – http://www.iucngisd.org


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Who are they?

The Invasive Species Compendium (CABI) is an encyclopedic resource that draws together scientific information on all aspects of invasive species. It comprises detailed datasheets that have been sourced from experts, edited by CABI’s scientific staff, peer-reviewed, enhanced with data from specialist organisations, and with images and maps, and linked to a bibliographic database.

How they can help?

Provides an authoritative source of evidence-based information on alien and invasive species, including datasheets on over 1500 invasive species and animal diseases, countries, habitats and pathways. Includes distributional information and maps.

Link – http://www.cabi.org/isc/


 

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Who are they?

The Map of Life is an integrated global database that aims to depict how all living things on the planet, animals and plants, are distributed geographically. Built on a Google Maps platform, the Map of Life allows anyone with an Internet connection to map the known global distribution of almost all 30,000 species of terrestrial vertebrates, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and North American fresh water fish. It contains data from a variety of sources including range maps found in field guides, citizen science data and data gathered by national parks rangers. The Map of Life Steering Committee comprises a number of scientific experts from around the world that provide technical, managerial and scientific advice to Map of Life.

How can they help?

Map of Life has over 371 million records (as of October, 2015). The map is searchable by species, location or reserve, and data can be uploaded using a mobile phone app. The mobile app tells users in an instant which species are likely to be found in their vicinity. The app helps users create personal lists of observations and contribute those to scientific research and conservation efforts. Map of Life also provides species descriptions, distributions, expert range maps and habitat information, and be used for both alien and native species occurrence records.

Link – http://www.mol.org/


GRIIS

Who are they?

Invasive Species Specialist Group ISSG Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species GRIIS online database. Developed within the within the framework of the Global Invasive Alien Species Information Partnership (GIASIPartnership)

How they can help?

Compilation of known introduced and invasive species, with draft lists of over 200 countries/territories. Harmonising taxonomy validation is ongoing. with verified inventories for > 102 countries. Under development.

Link – http://www.griis.org/


WRIMS

What is it?

The World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRIMS) records which marine species in the World Register of Marine species (WoRMS) have been introduced deliberately or accidentally by human activities to geographic areas outside their native range. It excludes species that colonised new locations naturally (so called ‘range extensions’), even if in response to climate change.

How it can help?

Includes more than 1400 introduced species worldwide. Lists the known alien marine species worldwide, with an indication of the region in which they are considered to be alien. Also lists whether a species is reported to have ecological or economic impacts and thus considered invasive in that area.

Link – http://www.marinespecies.org/introduced/