Related Tools and Resources

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on plants and animals that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e., are Data Deficient); and on plants and animals that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e., are Near Threatened).

Global Invasive Species Database (GISD)

The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. It is managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN-World Conservation Union. The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.

Database of Island Invasive Species Eradications (DIISE)

The Database  of Island Invasive Species Eradications (DIISE) compiles all of the historical and current invasive vertebrate eradications on islands. Data from each project includes information on the island, methods used in the eradication and contact information  for people knowledgeable about the eradication.

World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA)

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global spatial dataset on marine and terrestrial protected areas available.

Protected areas are internationally recognised as major tools in conserving species and ecosystems. Up to date information on protected areas is essential to enable a wide range of conservation and development activities.

Since 1981 UNEP-WCMC, through its Protected Areas Programme, has been compiling this information and making it available to the global community. The WDPA is a joint project of UNEP and IUCN, produced by UNEP-WCMC and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas working with governments and collaborating NGOs.

Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (ibat)

IBAT for business is an innovative tool designed to facilitate access to accurate and up-to-date biodiversity information to support critical business decisions. The tool is the result of a ground-breaking conservation partnership among BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature and UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

The Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS) 

The Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS) provides access to information on wetlands designated as internationally important under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971). These wetlands are commonly known as Ramsar Sites. Wetlands International delivers the RSIS for the Ramsar Convention, under a contractual arrangement with the Ramsar Secretariat.
The RSIS includes the searchable Ramsar Sites Database, and a number of other utilities, including a WebGIS displaying spatial information on Ramsar Sites, downloadable GIS data of the Ramsar sites (spatial boundary and/or location). The RSIS provides on-line access to all official Information Sheets on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS), and increasingly it also includes links to other relevant but unofficial information sources concerning Ramsar sites in different countries, such as external Web sites, publications and management plans. All such links are clearly indicated as not being part of the official Ramsar Site information provided by Administrative Authorities. 

BirdLife Data Zone

Access information, maps and reports on the status of all 10,000 of the world's bird species. Review case studies on the state of the birds, the threats they face and what can and is being done to conserve them. Search the list of the most important sites around the world for the conservation of birds. View BirdLife’s information through Country Profiles for each of the world's countries and territories. View information on the key regions for restricted-range bird species

The Global Islands Database (GID)

The Global Island Database aims to enhance the participation and role of islands in international decision-making through identifying and bringing together existing sources of data and information relevant to island systems, and presenting new analyses to aid resource managers and decision-making at the island, national, regional, and global level.
The GID also aims to develop linkages, partnerships and collaborations with the wide array of organisations involved in island conservation and decision-making to ensure that the database is up-to-date and relevant, and so it provides a platform for communication and networking.

World Heritage List

The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. [July 2012]

Convention On Biological Diversity - Glossary of Terms - Related to Invasive Alien Species

This webpage provides definitions for terms related to the issue of invasive alien species under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The list is not comprehensive, for two reasons: First, focus is mainly on definitions that have been agreed at the international level, and the list does not include definitions that have been developed and agreed to only by authors of particular reports or academic articles. Second, focus is on terms that are most directly relevant to the CBD - not all possible terms from available sources are reproduced here.


Native to Mexico and the southern United States, American agave (Agave americana) has been introduced widely as an ornamental, for medicinal and agricultural purposes. In South Australia American agave mainly invades disturbed sites, road sides and coastal vegetation. It may also harbor introduced animal species, such as rabbits, making feral animal control more difficult.
On the island of Malta, Cape fig (Carpobrotus edulis), prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) and American agave compete with and replace the ‘Critically Endangered (CR)’ National Plant of Malta, the Maltese Rock-centaury (Cheirolophus crassifolius) and the CR Maltase Cliff-orache (Cremnophyton lanfrancoi).
Agave spp. on the Canary Islands are a threat to the CR Crambe wildpretii, the Endangered (EN), Crambe pritzelii and the Vulnerable (VU) Asparagus arborescens.
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