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The control of invasive species would be enhanced through the addition of novel, more effective and sustainable pest management methods. One control option yet to be trialled in the field is to deploy transgene-based ‘Gene Drives’: technologies which force the inheritance of a genetic construct through the gene pool of a wild population, suppressing it or replacing it with a less harmful form. There is considerable interest in applying gene drives to currently intractable invasives across a broad taxonomic range.

Indicators for tracking conservation efforts at a global scale are rare but important tools for understanding trends and measuring progress towards global conservation targets. Eradication of invasive species from islands is an increasingly used conservation intervention in countries and territories around the world. With a goal of collating these efforts, the Database of Islands and Invasive Species Eradications (DIISE) holds records of the location, target species, year and outcome of invasive mammal and bird eradications on islands from around the world.

We are on the edge of the sixth mass extinction on Earth. Islands represent ca. 5% of the earth’s land area yet are home to 61% of extinctions in the past 500 years, and currently support 39% of critically endangered species. Invasive species are a leading cause of extinction and endangerment on islands. Invasive vertebrates, particularly mammals, are among some of the most damaging invasive species on islands. Eradicating invasive mammals is an increasingly utilised conservation tool.

The 16 UK Overseas Territories (OTs) together account for 94% of the UK’s unique biodiversity and make a significant contribution to global biodiversity. Being predominantly islands, the OTs are very vulnerable to the introduction of potentially harmful invasive non-native species, and pressures are increasing with the continual growth of international trade and impact of climate change. Biosecurity is acknowledged as the most cost-effective means of addressing invasive species threats for small islands, and yet the OTs face many challenges in the implementation of biosecurity controls.

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN)-reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) - reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region. Past issues are available online.

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) - reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region. Past issues are available online.

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) - reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region.

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region.