Invasive Species

IABIN Invasive Species Information Network – Jamaica (I3N – JA)


I3N – JA is the Jamaican node of an Inter-American effort to locate, systematically document and provide electronic access to sources of information on invasive species issues.  The Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) project on invasive species seeks to identify information needs and gaps on invasive species in 19 countries (Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States).

During the pilot phase of the IABIN project, in 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with support from the Environmental Diplomacy Fund of the U.S. State Department, provided $12,000 grants for setting up initial inventories and databases on: 1) Invasive species 2) Individuals and organizations actively involved in invasive species research and management 3) Invasive species projects (in research and/or management) and 4) available datasets. I3N – JA is coordinated by the Jamaica Clearing-House Mechanism (JA CHM) and the JA CHM led the pilot project for Jamaica resulting in online catalogues of plant and animal species, and resource persons for Jamaica and an educational brochure. Click below for some records from the catalogues and here for the first brochure.

The pilot phase also included the first National Workshop on Alien Invasive Species hosted by the Institute of Jamaica. It was held on September 12, 2002 at Medallion Hall Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica.  Representatives from government and non-government organizations as well as resource persons participated. This workshop was a key component of the collaborative I3N – JA to develop an invasive species information network for Jamaica.  Benefits of the workshop were 1) the identification of new information sources for I3N – JA, both literature as well as resource persons 2) identification of deficiencies in information sharing, ecological information and legislation and 3) the opportunity to promote information networking between providers, users and distributors of information at the government and non-government levels (See Technical Report).

The information sharing and networking tools were further developed in 2006 with a Content Building Grant of US$10,000 funded through IABIN-I3N. The catalogues, developed in differing formats across the participating countries, was replaced by a standardized database template designed by consultants to IABIN-I3N.  A major advance for the project in Jamaica was the content management feature of the database and government and NGO stakeholders in invasive species management were introduced to this feature at a 3-day workshop.  Under this aspect of the project, new entries of species invasive to Jamaica, resource persons and project were made to the database. Key educational resource materials developed under this project included two posters on invasive alien species (flora and fauna) in Jamaica, and two new educational brochures. (See Final Technical and Financial Report for project details and educational materials). Click Species for the list of plant and animal species and the icons below for a screen shot of the database interface and for the brochures created under this second project.

I3N JA database interface 2006       Covers of I3N Content Bldg brochures

An open source, SQL version of an I3N Database Template has been developed and distributed to participating I3N countries (including Jamaica) as the basis for their national databases. After working through some circumstantial challenges that led to temporary online posting of Jamaica’s database in early 2014, the Jamaica Invasive Species Database (JISD) is now online. Web hosting for JISD is provided by the National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Water, Land Environment and Climate Change through a co-management memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Jamaica. The Institute of Jamaica through the Jamaica CHM remains responsible for the content building of the database.

Other Links:

*Programme Reports I3N-JA: July – December 2009; January – June 2010

*Technical Working Group Meeting of IABIN Invasives Information Network (I3N) – August 2 – 3, 2010


Updated October 15, 2015.


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