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Aliens: The Invasive Species Bulletin

The Invasive Species Specialist Group publishes its newsletter Aliens: The Invasive Species Bulletin bi-annually. It provides interesting and timely information on invasive species and associated issues.

Contributions, should focus on conservation issues rather than economic, health or agricultural aspects of alien invasions. News of upcoming conferences, publications, and reports are also welcome. Please send your contributions, marked "for consideration for Aliens" to Scalera.Riccardo@gmail.com

If you use any of the information provided in the newsletter, please cite the source as given in the newsletter. If you wish to reproduce a full article please obtain author's permission.

For any question on Aliens, please contact Scalera.Riccardo@gmail.com

Due to escalating printing and mailing costs, Aliens: The Invasive Species Bulletin is now being produced electronically (a limited number of hard copies are available for ISSG members and subscribers).

All issues of Aliens are available in PDF format below:

Aliens Newsletter

2011: Issue 31 [8.29 mb]

2010: Issue 29 [6.75 mb] Issue 30 [9.08 mb]

2009: Issue 28 [4.3 mb]

2008: Issue 26 [1.2 mb] Issue 27 [1 mb]

2007: Issue 24 - 25 [3.3mb]

2006: Issue 23 [1.1 mb]

2005: Issue 21 [768 kb] Issue 22 [1.1 mb]

2004: Issue 19 - 20 [780 kb]

2003: Issue 17 [736 kb] Issue 18 [548 kb]

2002: Issue 15 [1.2 mb] Issue 16 [2.3 mb]

2001: Issue 13 [668 kb] Issue 14 [1.1 mb Special issue on islands]

2000: Issue 12 [2.5 mb]
[Issue 12: special issue with a lift-out booklet [600 kb]
          "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species"]

2000: Issue 11 [1.6 mb]
[Issue 11: special issue with 16 page lift-out [88 kb]
          "IUCN Guidelines for the Prevention of Biodiversity Loss Caused by Alien Species"]

1999: Issue 09 [3.4 mb] Issue 10 [3.7 mb]

1998: Issue 07 [3.2 mb] Issue 08 [3.3 mb Special issue on the Pacific Islands region]

1997: Issue 05 [3.3 mb] Issue 06 [4.6 mb]

1996: Issue 03 [3.4 mb] Issue 04 [2.5 mb]

1995: Issue 01 [4.7 mb] Issue 02 [4.5 mb]


100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species
Lowe S. J., M. Browne and S. Boudjelas (2000)
Published by the IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG),
Auckland, New Zealand.

Hard copies: contact issg@auckland.ac.nz

Electronic file: "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species":

100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species (English) 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species (French) 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species (Spanish)
English (604 kb) French (6.6 mb) Spanish (572 kb)

View: "100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species"


IUCN Publications

The papers and abstracts published in this book are the outcome of the conference on Island Invasives: Eradication and Management held at Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland, New Zealand, from 8 to 12 February 2010, hosted by the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity (University of Auckland and Landcare Research), in collaboration with the IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds.) 2011. Island Invasives: Eradication and Management. Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN and Auckland, New Zealand: CBB. xii + 542pp.

Hard copies: Manaaki Whenua Press PO Box 40 Lincoln 7640 New Zealand [www.mwpress.co.nz]

Electronic file: Island Invasives: Eradication and Management

Island Invasives Island Invasives (HQ Print Version) Island Invasives (HQ Print Version)
6 pp of Table of Contents to access web quality files of each paper for download 6 pp of Table of Contents to access high quality print files of each paper for download Author index

Full book (9.92 mb)


Turning the Tide: The Eradication of Invasive Species

Veitch C.R. and Clout M.N. (2002)
Proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives
Publisher IUCN Switzerland. 414pp

Hard copies: contact issg@auckland.ac.nz

Electronic file: Turning the Tide: The Eradication of Invasive Species:

Turning the Tide
English (4.7 mb)


Marine Menace - English Marine Menace - French
English (3.2 mb) French (3.1 mb)

Marine Menace: Alien invasive species in the marine environment.


Click here to view Wildlife in a Changing World PDF
Download pdf (4.1 mb)

Wildlife in a Changing World: An analysis of the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species


Other publications

Invasive Species Management

Invasive Species Management: A handbook of principles and techniques
Edited by Mick Clout and Peter Williams

The Invasives Species Management book has been published by the Oxford University Press and is part of their Techniques in Ecology and Conservation Series. Other titles in the series are:

Bird Ecology and Conservation
Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques
Forest Ecology and Conservation
Habitat Management for Conservation
Conservation and Sustainable Use

The Invasive Species Management book focuses on invasive alien species which been spread deliberately or accidently by humans and have caused ecological change. As a result humans are now applying principles for the prevention and/or control of invasive species.

The effective management of invasive alien species is clearly a priority for biological conservation worldwide. This book first provides strategies for managing such species at successive invasion stages, from prevention at the border to control of major infestations. It then describes the general tools and approaches that are recommended for successful management of particular groups of invasive organisms in a range of environments. In each case, the ecological basis and practical requirements of invasive alien species management are addressed.

The handbook will be useful to a wide readership of students, academics, conservation practitioners, invasive species managers, legislators, and to the broader community concerned with biological conservation.

For further information, contact: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/ and search on Invasive Species Management.





Neobiota is a peer-reviewed, open-access, rapid online journal launched to accelerate research on all types of alien species and biological invasions: aquatic and terrestrial, animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms.

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Towards an early warning and information system for invasive alien species (IAS)
threatening biodiversity in Europe

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has published an assessment of the feasibility to establish a European Early Warning and Information System on biological invasions.
This technical report has been prepared by a team of experts led by the Institute for Environmental Research and Protection (Italy) through a collaboration with ISSG. It contributes to the ongoing development of a EU Strategy on invasive alien species, that the European Commission committed to complete in 2011. more >>

Guidelines on Biofuels and Invasive Species
The guidelines developed by IUCN in close cooperation with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) outline step-by-step recommendations for how to minimise risks of biological invasions along the biofuels supply chain.

PDF version for download here [3.05MB]

Global indicators of biological invasion: species numbers, biodiversity impact and
policy responses: A report on the outcome.

Invasive alien species (IAS) pose a significant threat to biodiversity. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2010 Biodiversity Target, and the associated indicator for IAS, has stimulated globally coordinated efforts to quantify patterns in the extent of biological invasion, its impact on biodiversity and policy responses. Here, we report on the outcome of indicators of alien invasion at a global scale. more >>

The Atlas of Biodiversithy Risk

The Atlas of Biodiversity Risk is the first of its kind to describe and summarise in a comprehensive, easy-to-read and richly illustrated form the major pressures, impacts and risks of biodiversity loss at a global level. The main risks identified are caused by global climate and land use change, environmental pollution, loss of pollinators and biological invasions. The impacts and consequences of biodiversity loss are analyzed with a strong focus on socio-economic drivers and their effects on society. more>>

The Journal of Applied Ecology
The Journal of Applied Ecology has just published a Virtual Issue of papers on "Key Perspectives in the Management of Biological Invasions", in honour of the International Congress on Biological Invasions, being held in Fuzhou, China betwen November 2- 6, 2009. The papers, which are all free to access online, are the most highly cited papers on this topic published by the Journal of Applied Ecology over the last five years. more>>

Towards an EU Strategy on Invasive Species
The Institute for European Environmental Policy has provided the European Commission with technical support in its work on an EU strategy. This includes recommendations on policy options to minimise the negative impacts of invasive alien species on biodiversity in Europe and the EU; an assessment of the impacts of invasive alien species in Europe and the EU; policy options to minimise the negative impacts of invasive alien species on biodiversity in Europe and the EU and an analysis of the impacts of policy options/measures to address invasive alien species. more>>

Business and Biodiversity newsletter of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
To accompany the implementation of decisions VIII/17 and IX/26, the CBD Secretariat publishes Business.2010, a newsletter on business and biodiversity.

Current issue:
Business.2010 Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue 1 (June 2009) Special Focus on Invasive Alien Species

Business2010 Newsletter
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Biodiversity: Journal of
Life on Earth

Biodiversity a Peer Reviewed Journal for scientists, researchers, students, scholars and ordinary people is a subscription based quarterly publication, distributed to subscribers worldwide. Biodiversity is indexed by Biosis, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Environment Abstracts, Scopus and Zoological Record

Biodiversity & Climate Change

Biodiversity 10 (2+3) 2009 Special: Invasive Alien Species (scheduled to be published in September 2009) more>>