Sepioteuthis lessoniana is an Indo-Pacific squid recently introduced in the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal© Yiannis Issaris
JRC alien species network supports new Commission biodiversity proposal
The JRC's European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) will be the support mechanism of the new Regulation that the European Commission proposed yesterday to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species. The proposal centers around a list of invasive alien species of European Union concern, which will be drawn up with the Member States using risk assessments and scientific evidence. Selected species will be banned from the EU, meaning it will not be possible to import, buy, use, release or sell them.
The proposed Regulation will now be examined by the Council and the Parliament. Member States will be fully involved in compiling the list and can propose candidates for listing.
EASIN was developed by the JRC and officially launched in September 2012 with the aim of facilitating the exploration of existing alien species information from several sources through a network of interoperable web services, and to assist the implementation of European policies on biological invasions.
The EASIN team has been working on the development of interoperable web services and tools through which the information can be explored, in particular to follow the effectiveness of measures adopted under the upcoming legislative instrument and the development of trends in new introductions. It is also constantly improving the quality of the EASIN catalogue – a pan-European inventory of alien species – and it has been building partnerships with European and global data providers for the enlargement the network.