RIPARIAS target species list

Version 1.43 published by Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) on 12 September 2022 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Publication date:
12 September 2022
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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. 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).

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 30 records.

1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Taxon (core)

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Please be aware, this is an old version of the dataset.  Researchers should cite this work as follows:

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 (2022): RIPARIAS target species list. v1.43. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Checklist.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: fd004d9a-2ea4-4244-bb60-0df508d20a15.  Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.


Checklist; Inventorythematic; checklist; invasive alien species; Belgium; early warning; alert list; risk assessment; LIFE RIPARIAS


Etienne Branquart
  • Originator
Service Public de Wallonie
Tim Adriaens
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Peter Desmet
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Sander Devisscher
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Bram D'hondt
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Luc Denys
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Antoine Dumortier
  • Originator
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Adrien Latli
Damiano Oldoni
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Jo Packet
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Kevin Scheers
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Sonia Vanderhoeven
Xavier Vermeersch
Romain Willeput
  • Originator
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Taxonomic Coverage

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

Kingdom Animalia (animals), Plantae (plants)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2021-01-01 / 2026-12-31

Sampling Methods

Data for this checklist are compiled directly by IAS specialists. The checklist is maintained in a Google Spreadsheet where we aim to collect the scientific and vernacular names (in English, Dutch and French) for each LIFE RIPARIAS target and alert list species.

Study Extent LIFE RIPARIAS is piloted in river basins Dijle (128 404 ha), Mark (17 865 ha) and Zenne (116 834 ha) of the Scheldt river basin district, the workflow and tools will subsequently be made available for IAS management across Belgium and in other Member States.
Quality Control See step description.

Method step description:

  1. The source data for this standardized checklist can be consulted on
  2. This source data is versioned on GitHub ( See for an introduction to this repository and the mapping of this dataset
  3. We developed an RMarkdown script to document and perform the transformation of the data to Darwin Core, which includes the following steps:
  4. Perform some basic data cleaning of the raw data.
  5. Generate stable and unique identifiers for each taxon (taxonID).
  6. Create a taxon core file (
  7. Create a vernacular name extension file ( with English, Dutch and French vernacular names of taxa.
  8. The resulting Darwin Core data files are uploaded to the INBO IPT and documented with metadata.
  9. The dataset is published and registered with GBIF.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Branquart E., Adriaens T., Devisscher S., D’hondt B., Denys L., Dumortier A., Latli A., Packet J., Scheers K., Vanderhoeven S. & Willeput R. (2021) Belgian alert lists of alien aquatic plants and crayfish. Report prepared in support of implementing action A1 of the LIFE RIPARIAS project LIFE19 NAT/BE/000953, 15 pages
  2. Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. OJ L 317, 4.11.2014: 35–55. ELI:

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers fd004d9a-2ea4-4244-bb60-0df508d20a15