Species that are introduced from elsewhere are known as alien or exotic species. Some introduced species become invasive, with negative impacts on native biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing. In India we lack systematic information about invasive species distributions that could enable prioritising species (or habitats) to manage. The aim of this project is to map invasive plant distributions and to create greater public awareness about invasive alien species and their potential ecological and socioeconomic impacts.
This project is an effort to create a participatory atlas of invasive plant distributions. This information could be useful for forest managers and organisations that work to conserve unique habitats and their biodiversity.
Before we can manage invasive species, we need good information about where they occur. Given the widespread occurrence of invasive species, the participation of naturalists, students, community members, and forest managers is key to achieving the task of mapping invasive species and creating an atlas of their distributions.
There is no prior experience necessary. All you need is an interest in conservation, a willingness to learn to recognise invasive plants and to use the ODK Collect App.