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Indigenous to southern and eastern Asia, the semi-woody vine Kudzu was first introduced to the United States as an ornamental vine as well as to control soil erosion. It spread rapidly in the South-eastern US leading to the loss of valuable crop land, and damage to telephone and power lines.
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The following organizations and bodies are key partners in the implementation of Article 8(h) of the Convention and associated decisions of the Conference of the Parties:


The Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) aims to: a) provide a platform for sharing invasive species information at a global level, via the Internet and other digital means; b) offer a central place for the reporting and tracking of new alien species sightings via email listserv; c) develop and share electronic information management tools to better identify, map, and predict the spread of invasive species regional and global levels; d) build the capacity of network members in the development and use of information tools to integrate IAS database. For more information see UNEP/CBD/COP/8/INF/35 "Progress report on the implementation of the GISIN".

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme