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|Title:||The European Alien Species Information Network on the Convention on Biological Diversity pathways categorization|
|Authors:||TSIAMIS KONSTANTINOS; DE JESUS CARDOSO ANA; GERVASINI Eugenio|
|Citation:||NEOBIOTA vol. 32 p. 21-29|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The adoption of a consistent alien species pathways categorization, hierarchy and terminology is crucial for increasing the interoperability of different online databases. In the present paper the EASIN classification system of pathways is compared and discussed with the classification scheme recently published by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Although the main pathway categories of the two classifications overall match, there are substantial differences in their subcategorization, with EASIN including 20 pathway subcategories while CBD considers 44 subcategories. In most cases, each EASIN subcategory pathway can correspond to two or more CBD subcategories. About 5,500 species listed in EASIN do not match directly with the CBD pathway subcategories, most of which are terrestrial invertebrates. Aiming at achieving synchronization between the two classification systems and at facilitating the access to information to researchers and policy makers, EASIN is trying to align with the CBD pathway classification scheme. This alignment process requires the involvement of a large number of experts, especially from the terrestrial realm, and the adoption of commonly accepted definitions of the CBD pathways.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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