Unity in Tackling Invasive Species Across the Pacific Region
- Published on 13 June 2016
The Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP) is the invasives species Working Group of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation which aims to coordinate the many different agencies working with the Pacific islands to address invasive species.
The meeting held at the University of Auckland in New Zealand is reviewing the current PIP Action Plan and developing a new one for 2016/17, focusing on the common activities the PIP will undertake to progress invasive species commitments and actions within the Pacific region. Along with an overview of the Pacific Invasive Ant Toolkit, a session is also being held on opportunities for biological control of invasive plants in the Pacific. Landcare NZ and Biosecurity Queensland play an important role in assisting Pacific island countries and territories with biocontrol solutions which have particular relevance for widespread invasive plants at the landscape level where they offer the only realistic solution to minimising the impact of the plants.
Organisations represented at the PIP Annual Meeting are: Birdlife International, Hawaii Invasive Species Council, Island Conservation, International Union Conservation Nature, Invasive Species Specialist Group, Landcare NZ, NZ Department of Conservation, NZ MFAT, Pacific Biosecurity, Pacific Invasive Initiative, Pacific Invasive Learning Network, Pacific Community (SPC), SPREP, United States Department of Agriculture and US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
The PIP is coordinated by SPREP with the newly elected Chair from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The meeting is held from 6 to 10, June, 2016