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RIPARIAS target species list
Branquart E, Adriaens T, Desmet P, Devisscher S, D'hondt B, Denys L, Dumortier A, Latli A, Oldoni D, Packet J, Scheers K, Vanderhoeven S, Vermeersch X, Willeput R (2023). RIPARIAS target species list. Version 1.47. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Checklist dataset.
Contact: Desmet, Peter

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The RIPARIAS target species list is a species checklist dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). It contains (1) the target species of the LIFE RIPARIAS project (LIFE19 NAT/BE/000953), all of them invasive alien species (IAS) of the Regulation (EU) 1143/2014 ( and (2) the alert list species that currently do not occur in the LIFE RIPARIAS project area, but have proven to have negative impacts on biodiversity and need to be rapidly removed should they be encountered. more

The alert list was drafted within the LIFE RIPARIAS project following an evidence-based methodology involving climate matching and risk assessment (Branquart et al. 2022). By publishing this list on GBIF it can be used for general reference, early warning systems, data extractions, baseline reporting, project KPIs etc. Issues with the dataset can be reported at:

We have released this dataset to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver. We would appreciate it if you follow the INBO norms for data use ( when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or via

This dataset was published as open data for the LIFE RIPARIAS project (Reaching Integrated and Prompt Action in Response to Invasive Alien Species, with technical support provided by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO).

This checklist includes 29 alien species from two kingdoms (8 non-native crayfish, 13 aquatic and 9 riparian plants).

Biology > Invertebrates, Biology > Plants
Fresh water, Terrestrial, Alert, Checklists, Early warning systems, Introduced species, Invasive species, Risk assessment, Belgium, Animalia, Plantae

Geographical coverage
Belgium [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2021 - 31 December 2026

Taxonomic coverage
Animalia [WoRMS]
Plantae [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), moredata creator
Belgian Science Policy; Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPF), moredata creator

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2022-07-29
Information last updated: 2023-10-16
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