Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Ecosystem-Based Adaptation, Mitigation and Invasive Species

PRIORITY:  Catalyze commitments to ecosystem-based adaptation, mitigation and reducing the threat of invasive species

Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change includes the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to provide services that help people adapt to both current climate variability, and climate change. Invasive species are already responsible for 65% of extinctions on islands, an estimated global cost of US$1.4 trillion annually or 5% of GDP.  There is a growing body of evidence that the threat of invasive species is compounded dramatically by a changing climate.

Recognizing that prevention of new destructive invasions is urgently needed in the face of a changing climate, the Global Island Partnership is focused on catalyzing commitments to ecosystem based-adaptation and mitigation and reducing the threat of invasive species. Together, these measures may be among the most cost effective solutions to build resilience to impacts on islands from climate change and other global trends.  The Partnership will help to catalyze funding to implement adaptation, mitigation and management activities on islands, promoting them as key components of the green economy, climate change and development dialogues.