A new NOBANIS project for the risk mapping for 100 non-native species in Europe
The Nordic Council of Ministers has agreed to fund the risk mapping of 100 non-native species in Europe. The project is undertaken by the North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS). The purpose of this project is to develop a method to warn European countries about new, potentially invasive species, as well as to map already established species in an easily understandable way by using available data. Identifying which species will become invasive is very difficult. The best predictor is the invasiveness in other countries with similar conditions. The project will therefore be considering bioclimatic zones. Risk profiles of 100 species from terrestrial and freshwater environments will be elaborated. This will be done by gathering information on the establishment of these 100 species in the European countries participating in NOBANIS, as well as in the biogeographic regions of Europe (according to the European Environment bio-geographic regions). Risk profiles could be used by individual countries to make emergency lists. The project shall end in autumn 2011.
Helene Nyegaard Hvid, NOBANIS, E-mail: email@example.com
North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS) Website: http://www.nobanis.org