COST action - Alien Challenge (EVINBO)

Project Details


Through this project INBO participates in the COST action Alien Challenge (COST TD1209)
This COST Action should allow more efficient gathering and exchange of knowledge (about introduction pathways, impact assessment methods and prevention of invasive species) through a European network of experts. This will support the development of a European IAS information system that will enable informed decision-making regarding IAS. Currently, this information is spread across different European databases, with different geographic, taxonomic and ecological features and varying definitions of alien and / or invasive character.
The overall objective of this action is therefore to identify common needs and formats regarding invasive species information for different user groups, and more specifically for the implementation of the EU 2020 biodiversity strategy.
The elaboration of early warning systems and rapid response protocols are also part of this action.
Concrete objectives are:
Objective 1: Identify needs and formats for an Early Warning and Rapid Response (EWRR) System.
Objective 2: Review of pathways and priority species aligning with Strategic Goal B, target 9 of the CBD COP 10 Decision X/2
Objective 3: Review IAS impacts in Europe and impact assessment methods, propose standardized assessment methods and assess present and expected impacts of priority IAS species.
Objective 4: Explore existing data gaps in harmonisation and validation of information distributed in available sources in order to increase interoperability of data across the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Identify needs and formats for AS information by different user groups. These groups include (1) European and national bodies involved in implementation of policy instruments (including 'Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators' - SEBI 2010 and other relevant policies) dealing with AS, (2) the scientific research community, (3) stakeholder associations, and (4) citizens.
Effective start/end date1/01/1431/12/18

Thematic list

  • Invasive species (species diversity)
  • Monitoring networks