The Pacific islands of Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia and Hawaii have all experienced the devastating impact of invasive species, disrupting delicate ecosystems and the communities which depend on the natural resources they provide. Seabird populations have been threatened by invasive ants, snakes and rats. Agriculture has been affected by the introduction of new crop diseases and smothering weeds. Mosquitoes and African snails carry pathogens which can be harmful to both people and animals. All aspects of island life have been impacted, from the economy to the environment.
The Nature Conservancy is supporting the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) which enables conservation professionals across the region to share knowledge and experience to prevent and contain the spread of invasive species.
The team in Pohnpei recently developed a comprehensive invasive species action plan. Having shared their work with the PILN they inspired teams from Palau, Kiribati, Kosrae and the Marshall Islands to develop their own action plans. By sharing skills and coordinating their response at both technical and policy levels, the Network aims to accelerate action to protect the precious lands and waters of the Pacific islands.September 30, 2011