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The EASIN Project

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has created and manages, on DG Environment request, the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN), operational since 2012. EASIN has been conceived as a scientific tool aimed at providing scientific information in support to the EU policy on biodiversity and on invasive alien species (IAS), gathering and harmonizing information on occurrence, biology, origin, and introduction pathways, from several sources worldwide.

The EASIN catalogue currently includes more than 14.000 Alien Species (AS) recorded in Europe, and can retrieve related spatial occurrence records in the databases of the collaborators’ network. EASIN uses publicly available data, providing links, and reference to all relevant data sources.

EASIN is also the supporting tool for the implementation of the Reg. 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species (IAS), in force since 1 January 2015. To this end, the system is undergoing further development with a creation of a notification system (NOTSYS), through which EU Member States must notify the EU Commission and inform the other MS about the detection of an IAS of Union concern, and to report on the eradication measures applied, as well as their efficacy.

To guarantee the quality of the data, an EASIN editorial board has been appointed.

For more information about EASIN please visit the EASIN site