Sunday, 25 November 2007


Note: this page doesn’t pretend to be an exhaustive compilation of all links approaching invasive alien species issues; it’s a collection of the more relevant. If you know any link you think it should be added, please contact us at

GISP - Global Invasive Species Programme
The GISP was founded in 1997 to face the global threat of invasive alien species and to support the implementation of the article 8(h) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The mission of the GISP is the conservation of the biodiversity and the preservation of the human well being by minimising the spread and impacts of invasive alien species.

ISSG - Invasive Species Specialist Group
The ISSG is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). It is made up of 150 experts on invasive species from 41 countries. ISSG provide advice on threat from biological invasions and control and eradication methods to IUCN members, conservation practitioners and policy-makers. Its activities are mainly focused on invasive species that cause biodiversity loss, with particular attention to those that threaten oceanic islands.

Global Ballast Water Management Programme
The GEF/UNDP/IMO Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast) helps countries to reduce the transfer of aquatic nuisances and pathogens through ballast water as well as to put into practice the IMO guidelines for ballast waters.

Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe.

North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species.

CIESM - The Mediterranean Science Commission
Funded in 1910, the CIESM is one of the most long-standing and lasting intergovernmental scientific organization of the world. It promotes marine sciences for the conservation of the Mediterranean Sea.

NISIC - National Invasive Species Information Center (EEUU) is the US gateway to Federal and State invasive species efforts. In this web you can learn about the impact of invasive species and the governmental response to the problem. You can also find selected reading material and links into agencies and organizations dealing with biological invasions.

IPPC - International Plant Protection Convention
The IPPC is an international treaty to secure action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control. The treaty extends the wild flora protection.

CBD - Convention on Biological Diversity
The Conference of the Parties for Biological Diversity (CBD) is the most important body for decision making on biodiversity.

IBI - Institute for Biological Invasions
The Institute for Biological Invasions is located in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Tennessee (USA).The web site is of great interest, especially for the quality of its resources section and very recommended to gain knowledge of biological invasions.

The Bern Convention
The Bern Convention is a binding international legal instrument in the field of nature conservation, which covers the whole of the natural heritage of the European continent and extends to some States of Africa. Its aims are to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats and to promote European co-operation in that field.

SCOPE – Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment
An interdisciplinary body of natural and social science expertise focused on global environmental issues.

The objective of InvasIBER is to provide a platform in the Internet open to all interested specialists for spreading information on IAS in the Iberian Peninsula.

Phoron is a joint Project between two independent organizations: The SEA Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (Aragonese Entomological Society) and the GEIB Grupo Especialista en Invasiones Biológicas. Phoron will focus its activities on the study of alien and invasive arthropods, particularly in the Iberian Peninsula and its archipelagos.

GAE - Grupo Aves Exóticas
The GAE has been funded with the aim of promoting the study of exotic birds’ introduction and spreading information on consequences they could cause.