I3N Risk Analysis of Invasion Tool and Vector Analysis of Pathways Tool
For plants, these tools are available for download in Excel format as separate worksheets in the same file. Terrestrial Vertebrates and Fishes have only Risk Analysis Tools available. The user manuals for each of the tools are separate pdf files. If upon opening the Excel files an alert is generated saying "this file contains macros," you must enable macros for the file to operate properly. These tools are also available in Spanish and Portuguese.
I3N Risk Analysis of Invasion Tool and Vector Analysis of Pathways Tool downloads:
Terrestrial Plants Tool (5MB)
Terrestrial Plants User Manual (1.5MB)
Terrestrial Vertebrates Tool (Risk Analysis only) (0.5MB)
Terrestrial Vertebrates User Manual (1MB)
Fishes Tool (Risk Analysis only) (0.5MB)
Fishes User Manual (1.5MB)
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I3N Database Template
The I3N Database on Invasive Alien Species template (available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English) allows network members to collect and share standardized information on invasive alien species taxonomy, introduction, biology, ecology, impacts, control methods, occurrence (including geographic data), contacts, projects, and references. It was developed through a partnership between the USGS, I3N-Brazil/Horus Institute, The Nature Conservancy Brazil, and I3N-Argentina/Universidad del Sur, with technical collaboration from Global Invasive Species Database of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group and Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project. The I3N Database template incorporates multiple capabilities in a single tool, allowing I3N members to collect, manage, export, and exchange standardized data. The tool’s free availability eliminates the need to create a new software program, hire computer programmers and design consultants to develop a national invasive species (IAS) database — a barrier that is often cited as a limiting factor in the development of national IAS information systems throughout the wold.
The I3N Database template was designed to comply with the Dublin Core and Darwin Core Metadata Standards, uses the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) as a taxonomic authority, and incorporates a standardized vocabulary for habitat terminology developed by NatureServe. The taxonomy and habitat terms can be tailored to a particular country's needs. Compliance with these basic standards ensures that data sets created using the I3N Database template are compatible and, therefore, exchangeable among network members and other international data providers. The template allows database owners to export their IAS records in the widely accepted Extensible Markup Language (XML). It is delivered with built-in functionality for generating XML-tagged species fact sheets, and for producing trilingual reports consisting of detailed or summary species lists, projects, and contacts from the database. Users can also modify the template to produce reports tailored to their specific needs. The XML tags are based on the Dublin Core Metadata Standard as adapted through consultations with IAS experts. The XML-tagged files can be published on a Web server.
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I3N Country Web System
The I3N Country Web System includes a Web template, an intranet system designed for loading data into the I3N Database template and an administrative system through which authorizations for data providers are assigned and the information is analyzed before publication on the Internet.
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National strategies template and additional tools
National strategies on invasive alien species are an important foundation for a country to effectively address biological invasions. The tools developed by I3N can support several components of a strategy, such as improving prevention systems and providing baseline data for decision-making. Countries using I3N tools can use them directly as they develop their national IAS strategies. The first national strategies template (Spanish | Portuguese) for South American countries, which was developed by GISP and TNC South America IAS Program, explicitly recommends using I3N tools and explains how.
Another tool at the disposal of I3N participants is the I3N listserve.
Useful invasive species resources for I3N participants from the Global Invasive Species Program and others can be found on the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program SPREP "Lessons Learned" page, here (scroll to "Invasive Species".
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