Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA)

The Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA) was created in 2004 to coordinate the collation and dissemination of information relating to forest invasive species in sub-Saharan Africa for sustainable forest management and conservation of biodiversity. Invasive species are defined as biotic agents, not native to a specific forest ecosystem, whose introduction does, or is likely, to cause harm to the forest ecosystem. The Network is open to all countries in sub-Saharan Africa that wish to participate. There is no distinction by language or forest type.

Objectives of the network

  • To facilitate exchange of information and provide a link for communication about forest invasive species
  • To alert and provide policy advice on transboundary movement, phytosanitary measures and other relevant information
  • To raise regional awareness on forest invasive species issues
  • To encourage the publication and sharing of research results, management and monitoring strategies
  • To facilitate taxonomic support
  • To act as a link between and among experts, institutions, networks and other stakeholders concerned with forest invasive species
  • To facilitate the mobilization of resources for critical activities in management of invasive species
  • To provide technical guides on research and control of invasives for sustainable forest protection and health issues in Africa

E-Learning course: Good practices for forest health protection

FAO has developed free e-learning courses to refresh your knowledge of forest health practices and phytosanitary standards.  Click on the image to access an informative, interactive course and learn at your own pace!



Here below you can download the latest FISNA newsletter, click on the issue to start reading!


For endorsement or participation of the network, please send your request to the Secretariat:

Gerald Meke

Forestry Research Institute of Malawi (FRIM)
Kufa Road
P.O. Box 270
Zomba, Malawi