About the French IAS Resource Center
The French IAS Resource Center provides practical support to increase the effectiveness of actions on IASs. It ensures the development of methods, training, the capitalization of knowledge and the dissemination of know-how and good practices for all stakeholders: managers of natural areas, NGOs, researchers, local authorities, public institutions, state services, etc. This website offers general information on the subject, regular local, national and international news, as well as numerous legislative, technical and scientific resources.
Why a Resource Center?
Invasive alien species are now recognized as one of the major pressures on global biodiversity. The importance of the issues has led the Convention on Biological Diversity to include this topic as one of its major themes and to devote one of its 20 strategic objectives to 2020 (Aichi targets). Since 2014, the European Union has also adopted a regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of IAS. In France, the national strategy on this issue, published in 2017, now offers a framework to ensure the implementation of European regulations and meet our international commitments. All over France, both in metropolitan France and overseas, a large number of actors are mobilized to organize surveillance, evaluate impacts, improve knowledge, define strategies and implement prevention and management actions in the field. The development of skills and the support of the stakeholders require a considerable effort to provide information, methodologies, tools for decision support and management, management experiences and good practices.
To support all stakeholders in their responses to this phenomenon, the IUCN French Committee and the French Agency for Biodiversity are deploying a Resource Center on IAS, in line with the work carried out since 2008 by the national work group on Biological invasions in aquatic environments (GT IBMA. Capitalizing on the achievements and know-how of the GT IBMA, it targets all fauna and flora species of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The Resource Center covers continental France and all the French overseas departments and addresses all the stakeholders concerned by the subject, by targeting primarily the professional actors and the natural area managers. Its main objective is to improve the effectiveness of prevention and management of biological invasions and to support national policies on the subject, in particular the national IAS strategy. For this, it aims to:
- Accompany the rise in competence of the stakeholders;
- Produce, capitalize and disseminate knowledge and know-how;
- To develop a collective learning (common culture) around the objectives of knowledge and management of IAS.
The Resource Center implements the following actions:
- Animation of the national network of stakeholders on IAS;
- Production, capitalization and provision of technical, methodological and scientific resources on IAS and their management;
- Technical advice (training, events, consulting).
To guide its actions, identify needs in terms of knowledge dissemination, tools development and training, the French IAS Resource Center mobilizes a steering committee and a network of scientific and technical expertise (REST). For Overseas Territories, which is particularly concerned by these issues, the Resource Center is based on the network of the IAS Initiative in overseas, led by the French IUCN Committee.
Learn more about the governance of the Resource Center.
The French IAS Resource Center website is a multifunctional toolbox providing methodological support to all stakeholders involved in IASs. It ensures the diffusion and the provision:
– general information on IAS (definitions, impacts, policies and strategies);
– feedback from management experiences;
– technical and methodological documents (protocols, technical reports, scientific articles, etc.);
– legislative and administrative summary documents;
– an information database on introduced species and their management;
– news, technical and scientific digests;
– calls for projects on the subject;
– information on various IAS events: technical and scientific exchange days, seminars, etc. ;
– training offers, at territorial and national levels.