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Invasive Species Compendium

Invasive Species Compendium

"Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide"

The Invasive Species Compendium is OPEN ACCESS, and designed to support the work of everyone faced with the identification, economic assessment and management of invasive species around the world. We welcome your feedback. Please email

*** STOP PRESS: the invasive species Horizon Scanning Tool is now launched! It’s a decision support aid to help users identify potential invasive species threats to a country, state or province. The tool is supported by USDA and DFID, and currently has open beta status whilst enhancements to the content and interface continue. Risk assessors, plant protection officers, quarantine officers, protected area managers and researchers will find that the Horizon Scanning Tool provides a quick and user-friendly means of accessing a large volume of relevant data for categorizing and prioritizing potential invasive species.

There are two versions of the Horizon Scanning Tool available; a free version for users of the open-access Invasive Species Compendium and a premium version for subscribers to the Crop Protection Compendium. We look forward to receiving feedback from the users and to further developments during 2018! ***


The Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) - detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide.  

“The ISC is a repository of the best available science on the invasive species that have the worst impacts in the world. The focus is global. The compendium covers all taxa in both natural and managed eco-systems.” Hilda Diaz-Soltero, USDA Senior Invasive Species Co-ordinator.

Developed by CABI, with support from its global development consortium, the Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) provides detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide. It is fully and freely accessible, and designed to support the work of everyone faced with mitigating the negative effects of invasive species around the world.

Content is derived from over 10,000 datasheets with more than 2,000 datasheets compiled and peer-reviewed by experts, and incorporating existing compilations of knowledge and research on invasive species. It offers extensive global coverage of invasive species from all taxonomic groups and ecosystems (excluding human pathogens), with fast and easy navigation between texts, images, maps, other data and bibliographic records. 

You can download a pdf of our Invasive Species Compendium leaflet here in English or in Latin American Spanish.


History: why did we produce the Invasive Species Compendium?

In 2001, CABI’s Compendia Programme Consortia identified a need for a Compendium on Invasive Species in recognition of the threat posed by invasive species to the global economy and environment which coincided with a similar recognition by the US National Invasive Species Management Plan. CABI’s long-standing expertise in invasive species makes us ideally placed to develop this resource, in partnership with other expert organisations; the US Department of Agriculture is a lead partner with CABI in the project.

To see a short video about the creation of the Invasive Species Compendium click here  (password cabivideo)

CAB Direct (CABI's own platform)

Developed by CABI, with support from a consortium of partners, this resource is the most extensive and authoritative compilation on the subject in the world. The ISC covers known invasive species of all taxa affecting natural and managed ecosystems, concentrating on those species that have the greatest impacts on livelihoods and the environment.

The ISC contains:

Detailed datasheets on over 2,500 invasive species with referenced text sections, links to related content,images and distribution maps

Basic datasheets on further species, countries, habitats and pathways

Downloadable distribution data in KML format (for use in Google Earth) and CSV format (for modelling packages)

Advanced datasheet search

Bibliographic database of over 200,000 records

Library of full text documents and links to further resources

Glossary of key terms


NOTE: the functionality of the Invasive Species Compendium website has recently been upgraded, including providing subscribers with zoomable distribution maps. New features associated with these maps include grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionalities, better presented maps showing physical features, and improved map labelling for countries and states/provinces. Further improvements include citation linking in the text and tables to references at the end of datasheets. These are key enhancements which we encourage our users to explore. 

The Invasive Species Compendium will be an essential tool for:

Researchers / Lecturers and students / Resource and environment managers in agriculture, forestry, rangeland, urban land, rivers, lakes and coastal waters / Policy makers, agricultural research centres and Extension officers / Quarantine officers / Crop protection and animal health practitioners (both public and private sector) / Weed specialists.

It is designed to help a wide variety of users to:
  • Save time, by providing instant access to vital information
  • Prepare lecture notes, reports, presentations and public information resources
  • Compile maps, graphs and tables and perform statistical analyses
  • Teach/train/study
  • Advise others
  • Carry out risk analysis

We would like to thank the Development Consortium members for their help and guidance in creating this new resource:
Australia Group Membership (CRCNPB, GRDC, HIA, IACRC) / CABI / Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Canadian Forest Service / Canadian International Development Agency / FARA / Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute / Ministry of Agriculture, India / Mexico, National Health, Safety and Quality Service for Agri-Food (SENASICA) / Monsanto / Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation / Secretariat of the Pacific Community / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation / Syngenta Crop Production / UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) / UK Department for International Development (DFID)  / US Agency for International Development / US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) / US Department of Agiriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) / US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) / US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (FS) / US Department of  Agriculture, Invasive Species Coordination Program / US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service / USDA Rural Development / USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service /  US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 

CABI has been developing and providing compendia for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience in collating and editing information, presenting it through innovative software to provide an authoritative tool. Compendia are encyclopaedic mixed-media resources that draw together scientific information on all aspects of a subject area. They are excellent research tools – saving time for researchers, students and practitioners.

To learn more about the Invasive Species Compendium, and to comment on its design and scope, please contact us.

You can download a pdf of our Invasive Species Compendium leaflet here [PDF link].

We invite you to join the Development Consortium to be part of this exciting project!    
Benefits include a seat at the table to determine strategic direction / visibility as one of the developers. For further information about Development Consortium membership, please email Cambria Finegold, CABI's Head of Knowledge Management. 

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