EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/199

The new European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN)

The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) was created at the initiative of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and its aim is to provide easy access to data on Alien Species in Europe automatically collected from existing on-line databases, and to assist policy makers and scientists in their efforts to tackle alien species invasions.
The EASIN web tools and services allow searches by species at the European scale. Animals, bacteria, chromists, fungi, plants, protozoa and viruses are covered, belonging to marine, terrestrial and freshwater environments. The search can also be undertaken by filtering by the level of impact (low, medium or high), as well as by the pathways (contaminant, corridor, escape, release, stowaway or other). Distribution maps are available, based on the data available in GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility), GISIN (Global Invasive Species Information Network) and REABIC (Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre). The distribution can be displayed at the country level, at 10x10 km grid or at river basin district levels.


European Commission, Joint Research Centre, European Alien Species Information Network.