In 2016 leading scientists from five continents have come together to propose the concept of developing an International Association for Open Knowledge and Open Data on Invasive Species—termed “INVASIVESNET”. This new association will facilitate greater understanding and improved management of invasive alien species (IAS) and biological invasions globally, by developing a sustainable network of networks for effective knowledge exchange. In addition to their inclusion in the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, the increasing ecological, social, cultural and economic impacts associated with IAS have driven the development of multiple legal instruments and policies. This increases the need for greater co-ordination, co-operation, and information exchange among scientists, management, the community of practice and the public (Lucy et al. 2016).
In 2017 the INVASIVESNET initiative team prepared first version of Statutes of the Association and established Interim International Council as first governing body of the Association. In May 2017, members of the Interim International Council elected first President and two Vice-Presidents of the Association.
Link to first presentation on INVASIVESNET concept by the initiative teamLink to Viewpoint paper on INVASIVESNET concept by the initiative team