About this site


The LIFE RIPARIAS (Reaching Integrated and Prompt Action in Response to Invasive Alien Species) project aims to optimize the management of invasive alien species in river basins across regional borders in Belgium. The project receives funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union (LIFE19 NAT/BE/000953). A primary objective of RIPARIAS is to improve dataflows on invasive alien species in Belgium for management interventions.

This early warning tool

The early detection of and rapid response to invasive species is essential to tackle their impact and manage efficiently. Managers need to be rapidly informed when invasive species occur in their area and a coordinated response also requires information on invasive alien species in neighbouring areas. Data on invasive alien species in Belgium were typically scattered among a multitude of actors and databases. This early alert tool centralizes openly available data from various sources by harvesting them from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). They include data from official monitoring schemes, scientific projects and citizen science. Currently, data are displayed for non-native crayfish and aquatic plants that are managed in the project area, as well as for alert list species, species that do not currenly occur but require rapid eradication should they be found. In time, we hope to increase the taxonomic scope of the application.

How this works


Feedback and data contribution

We are always interested to hear you opinion or suggestions for improvement. And of course, if you have open data to contribute to the system, we can help you get them on there. We welcome any reactions on info@RIPARIAS.be.