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Spotlights

  • European Alien Species Information Network.
    Close to 7,000 different species are owned by pet owners across Europe, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish. Some of these pet species are imported from outside Europe and can potentially cause ecological problems if they escape or are released in the environment. The importation of some invasive alien species is prohibited (Council Regulation (EC) 338/97 (PDF | 3.78 MB)) due to their invasive character and the fact that their introduction has an adverse impact on native species. In addition, the Council of Europe has designed a voluntary code of conduct (PDF | 1.92 MB) to raise awareness within the pet industry and among owners and keepers of pets and provide practical guidance to reduce further the chances of pet species becoming invasive in Europe.
  • European Commission.

    The EU Regulation on invasive alien species entered into force on 1 January 2015. At its core is this list of invasive alien species of Union concern, which has been drawn up on the basis of strict criteria and scientifically robust risk assessments, and approved by a Committee of Member State representatives.

  • Natural Environment Research Council (United Kingdom). Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
    Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to biodiversity and ecosystems in the region. From an initial working list of 329 alien species considered to pose threats to biodiversity recently published by the EU, scientists have derived and agreed a list of eight species considered to be very high risk, 40 considered to be high risk, and 18 considered to be medium risk.

Selected Resources

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Partnership

European Commission. Seventh Framework Programme. VECTORS Project.

European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.

Provides a "one-stop-shop" for information on biological invasions in Europe, delivered via an international team of leading experts in the field of biological invasions, latest technological developments in database design and display, and an extensive network of European collaborators and stakeholders.
Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.
Waldwissen.net. Information for Forest Management in Central Europe.
Northern Ireland Environment Agency; National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland).
Info Flora (Switzerland).
Special Note: Site in English, German, French, and Italian.
European Network on Invasive Alien Species.

International Government

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM).
Polska Akademia Nauk (Polish Academy of Sciences). Instytut Ochrony Przyrody (Institute of Nature Conservation).
Belgian Biodiversity Platform.
Mediterranean Science Commission.
European Commission. Joint Research Centre.
United Kingdom Environment Agency.
Környezetvédelmi és Vízügyi Minisztérium (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Water Resources, Hungary); National Ecological Network.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (United Kingdom).
National Biodiversity Data Centre (Ireland).

Finland Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

European Food Safety Authority.
United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
State of the Environment Norway.
Great Britain. Forestry Commission.

Professional

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (United Kingdom). National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme.
Plantlife International (United Kingdom).
National Museums Northern Ireland (United Kingdom).