The European Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS) is a network of authorities of European countries.
One of the main goals is to provide tools for implementing the precautionary approach against the unintentional dispersal of invasive alien species.
It also establishes regional cooperation to aid countries in eradication, control and mitigation of these species.
NOBANIS developed a portal that provides access to information about the alien and invasive species of the region.
This includes a central database with updated information from all NOBANIS countries, factsheets on the most invasive species in the region, access to an identification key to marine invasive species, a species alert function for new invasive species to the region, an invasive species photo bank, and information about the national legislation on invasive alien species in the region.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform imports Belgian data on invasive species into the NOBANIS database.
Each European country that works within the NOBANIS network lists its invasive species and imports it into the NOBANIS database.
As national focal point for NOBANIS, our organisation is also involved in the Steering group and participates in annual meetings of the network.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform also takes part in punctual transnational exercises requested by NOBANIS. For instance, in 2011, our organisation took part in the exercise of invasive species risk mapping.
For more information on the Belgian Biodiversity Platform involvement in NOBANIS, please contact Dr Sonia Vanderhoeven.