For such a small overall land area, islands support a disproportionate amount of the world’s threatened species. Threats are many, but introduced, invasive alien species (IAS) are the leading cause of species extinctions on islands. Yet, there is hope. IAS can be removed, triggering cascading benefits for native flora and fauna, people in island communities, and even near-shore marine ecosystems and coral reefs.
Island Conservation’s mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Through collaborations with GLISPA, we aim to take actions to increase the scope, scale, and pace of island invasives eradications, catalyze innovations in the field, and demonstrate how the removal of invasive species from islands contributes to achieving Aichi Biodiversity targets and to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. Island Conservation is represented by Gregg Howald, North American Regional Director, www.islandconservation.org, Facebook.