The Alien Alert project aims to develop, calibrate and validate a quick screening tool to identify the most harmful non-native organisms that may be introduced in Belgium and neighbouring areas in the coming years. This will be done by expanding existing protocols to integrate all the kinds of impacts that may be caused by these organisms (including plant, animal, human and environmental health). It will also try to adequately assess the establishment potential of these species at the European, Benelux and Belgian scales.
Alien Alert is a network project encompassing eight research institutes. These institutes are the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Wallonia's Research Department for Nature and Agriculture, AVIA-GIS, the Institute of Public Health, the Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre, the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. The project has started in October 2012.