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Helping islands Adapt: A Workshop on Regional Action to Combat Invasive Species on Islands to Preserve Biodiversity and Adapt to Climate Change

Title: Helping Islands Adapt: A Workshop on Regional Action to Combat Invasive Species on Islands to Preserve Biodiversity and Adapt to Climate Change
Date: 11 to 15 April 2010
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Host: Government of New Zealand
Strategic Priority: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation and reducing the threat of invasive species
The Global Island Partnership and a range of partners, including New Zealand, Australia, The Nature Conservancy, Italy, Japan, the CBD Secretariat, France, Global Invasive Species Programme, Pacific Invasives Initiative and IUCN, collaborated to convene an international meeting of island representatives focused on helping islands adapt to the threat posed by invasive species. Invasive species are recognized as one of the major drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide1 and are at risk of intensifying due to climate change. Dr. Spencer Thomas, Grenada's Multilateral Environmental Agreement Ambassador chaired the meeting, which was attended by government and NGO representatives from all island the Caribbean, Coral Triangle, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, along with international development partners.

The workshop:
  • Enhanced regional collaboration on invasive species—a critical factor to combating their impact
  • Highlighted successes, deepened connections within and across the major island regions
  • Facilitated the exchange of experiences across regions

While discussions outlined significant obstacles to invasive species management on islands, they also showcased how targeted successes have led to major gains for conservation and development. Importantly, the workshop developed specific actions to progress at regional and international levels. The workshop outcomes were discussed at the 14th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), in May 2010.

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