Starting/ending date: 2009-2010 (12 months)
Financing: 19.986 €
National project
Dr A. Zenetos, Marine Biological Resources

Updating the inventory of Marine Invasive Alien Species across European Seas.

HCMR for the EEA will a) update and verify MIAS (Marine Invasive Alien Species) related data, and b) proceed to their assessment -Assessment Report- be used as part of both the SEBI2010 Report and the ‘Marine system’ assessment in Part B of the SoER2010 to be produced by the EEA.
HCMR will update its existing Marine Invasive Alien Species data base (HCMR database) based on new publications and updated national and regional websites (Cross-check MIAS databases and data archived in NOBANIS, and NEMO (Baltic Sea countries), DAISIE (Pan European excluding however the Black Sea) and the Black Sea MIAS list produced by the Black Sea Ecosystem Recovery Programme). This is to include resolution of initial significant disparities among data presented in the countries’ and regional websites on alien biota and those archived in the aforementioned databases.

The updated data will then analysed, validated (via expert workshops organised by HCMR) and assessed by HCMR. HCMR will prepare a short Assessment Report (AR) to be used as part of both the SEBI2010 Report and the ‘Marine system’ assessment in Part B of the SoER2010 of the EEA. The AR should be both about ‘state of the environment and trends/Outlooks’ and also ‘state of action’. The report will link the ‘state/impacts’ to the relevant EU policies, evaluate policy effectiveness and progress towards the 2010 CBD objective of halting biodiversity loss and will include the socio-economic dimension of the alien species issue. Finally the Assessment Report will have a 2020 Outlook on ‘Future marine invasions in the main 4 European seas and why’, taking also into account climate change impacts