Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment (Samoa)

Merremia peltata, disturbance ecology, tropical cyclones and Samoa. The biology and ecology of Merremia peltata are not well understood. While some regard the species as an exotic invader of Pacific Island ecosystems (Meyer. 2000). others identify

1. During a recent survey around Upolu, Savaii and Nuutele the Yellow Crazy Ant was both observed and collected as samples in different locations.

Nuutele Island hosts a diverse range of plant species, significant populations of land and seabirds, fruit bats, coconut crabs and turtles. It is a small island with a total land mass of about 108ha and located south east of Upolu Island at 1.8km off the Aleipata coast. It is an important offshore island on this part of Samoa because not only does it hold a diversity of species but one of the first islands to include or part of a Marine Protected Area.

This report is a summary of the community consultations held on December 11, 2015 to discuss the draft operational plan for the restoration of the O Le PupĂș Pu'e (OLPP) NP, as well as the community consultation were funded under the GEF-PAS (Global Environment Facility - Pacific Alliance for Sustainability) Regional Invasive Species Management Project.