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October 15th, 2014
Palmyra Atoll: On the path to recovery
September 3rd, 2014
Conservation Wins! Our Impact Report.
September 3rd, 2014
The last places on Earth with no invasive species
June 24th, 2014
First Global Assessment of Seabirds Threatened by Invasive Alien Species on Islands Released
May 21st, 2014
Island Bright Spots in Conservation
January 29th, 2014
Saving the World’s Most Endangered Lizards
January 29th, 2014
Salvando a las Lagartijas en Mayor Peligro del Mundo
November 25th, 2013
Island Conservation Impact Report
October 23rd, 2013
Hawadax Island Recovery Exceeding Expectations
October 15th, 2013
One Step Closer to Restoring Balance and Safe Seabird Habitat in Gwaii Haanas
July 24th, 2013
Back from the Brink of Extinction
July 24th, 2013
International Experts Convened to Improve Tropical Island Rodent Eradications
June 11th, 2013
Titi on Tahanea get a Helping Hand; Globally Endangered Shorebird Protected
June 11th, 2013
Coup de pouce pour les Titi de Tahanea. Protection d’un limicole en danger d’extinction
June 11th, 2013
Parks Canada and the Haida Nation Restoring Critical Seabird Habitat
June 4th, 2013
Native Iguanas and Shearwaters Saved from Invasive Mice on Allen Cay, The Bahamas
May 16th, 2013
Invasive Species: The 18-km2 rat trap
February 14th, 2013
Island Night Lizard: No longer threatened?
February 14th, 2013
Island Recovery Evident Ten Years after the Removal of Rats
January 14th, 2013
Battle at the End of Eden by Amanda R. Martinez
January 14th, 2013
Native Species Expected to Rebound on Rat-free Palmyra Atoll
December 8th, 2012
Galápagos Restoration Projects Makes Islands Safe for Native Species
December 8th, 2012
Island Conservation Opens New Office in Hawaii
July 31st, 2012
Funding secured for Lord Howe Island restoration
July 31st, 2012
Tahanea Atoll Motus now safe for the Titi!
July 31st, 2012
Island Conservation and Birdlife International Form Partnership to Tackle Pacific Pests
June 14th, 2012
Million Dollar Mouse Campaign
May 31st, 2012
It's Official!
October 31st, 2011
The Sounds of Recovery
October 31st, 2011
Olivier Langrand joins Island Conservation as Director of Global Affairs
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May 21st, 2014
Island Bright Spots in Conservation
New Publication Released for International Day for Biological Diversity

Contact: Kathleen Goldstein, kgoldstein@greenfishcommunications.com, 202-841-0295

Santa Cruz, CA – From low-lying coral atolls and vast jungle archipelagos to the densely populated island cities of Hong Kong, Montreal, Manhattan, and Singapore, the world’s 400,000 islands are incredibly diverse yet their peoples, cultures, economies, and environment are threatened.  The need for urgent action to halt and reverse these trends and save our precious islands is highlighted in a publication by Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), Island Bright Spots in Conservation & Sustainability, released today in recognition of the United Nations’ International Day for Biological Diversity dedicated this year to island biodiversity.  Island Conservation’s Allen Cay, The Bahamas and Isla Cabritos, Dominican Republic projects are highlighted as successful examples that could serve as innovative models for island restoration around the globe.
 
“Biodiversity is crucial to meet human needs. Our economies, livelihoods, health, and cultures depend on the proper management of this natural capital.  This is even more important on islands where natural ecosystems are fragile and easily disturbed.  An effective and proven way to save plant and animal species and maintain functioning ecosystems, restore islands, and protect biodiversity is to address the negative impacts of invasive alien species,” said Olivier Langrand, Island Conservation’s Director of Global Affairs, member of the Steering Committee of GLISPA and co-chair of the GLISPA Working Group on Invasive Alien Species.”

Island Conservation works with the Global Islands Partnership and world leaders to implement on-the-ground solutions like those highlighted in the Island Bright Spots report.
 
Natural disasters, invasive species, and unsustainable development are drastically impacting biodiversity and economies of islands. These challenges are compounded by climate change. In the Seychelles alone, the economic damage associated with only four key invasive species is approximately US $21million annually[1]. Worldwide the estimated damage from invasive species is US $1.4 trillion annually (5% of the global economy)[2].
 
As we celebrate this International Day, there are many successes to point to and build on.  Over the past 20 years, Island Conservation and partners have protected 977 populations of 389 species on 52 islands.
 
Allen Cay and the Small Islands, Big Difference campaign are examples in the new publication of inspired island solutions in action or “Bright Spots” that exemplify how countries around the world can build on what is working to conserve and sustainably utilize our invaluable natural resources, and ensure a future for the planet.
 
The Restoration of Allen Cay, The Bahamas
 
As highlighted in the new publication, partnership and collaboration was essential to the successful removal of invasive house mice from Allen Cay. In 2012, the Bahamas National Trust and Island Conservation worked with government, NGO, and private partners to protect Audubon’s Shearwater and improve breeding habitat for the Endangered, endemic Allen Cay Rock Iguana. This successful partnership protected nationally and globally significant biodiversity, and also created conditions and build capacity for future restoration projects in The Bahamas to protect threatened species. Sharing expertise and resources will help conservation practitioners determine where invasive species threaten biodiversity and empower local agencies to invest in the protection of native species on islands.

Small Islands, Big Difference Campaign

Small Islands, Big Difference (SIBD) is a global campaign to save island species and preserve biodiversity through the removal of invasive species from islands. SIBD serves as a vehicle to inform policy, influence global funding mechanisms, and protect threatened plant and animal species on islands through the eradication of invasive alien vertebrates from islands worldwide and through the prevention of new vertebrate invasions. The goal of the SIBD campaign is to support hundreds of partners in protecting thousands of species through the removal of invasive species from 500 islands.
 
“This Day provides a unique opportunity to showcase the bright spots where islands have shown leadership in a manner that can be scaled up and replicated to achieve global conservation and sustainable development targets,” said H.E. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Issues, President’s Representative to the Global Island Partnership and Chair of the Steering Committee.
 
“Nowhere are the threats of extinction higher than on islands, and nowhere else do we have a bigger opportunity to save threatened species.  If we do not act now to protect island species, we risk to see them disappear forever in a short time” Olivier Langrand, Island Conservation, Director of Global Affairs.
 
Additional Links:
Island Conservation – www.islandconservation.org
Small Islands, Big Difference – www.smallislandsbigdifference.org
 
 
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Island Conservation is an international non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with field offices in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.
 
Island Conservation prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—introduced invasive species—threatened native island species and ecosystems recover with little or no additional intervention. Island Conservation works with local communities, government agencies and conservation groups to plan and implement the removal of invasive species from islands and conduct research to understand ecosystem changes from these actions.
 


[1] Mwebaze, P., MacLeod A., Tomlinson, D., Barois, H. & Rijpma, J. 2010. Economic valuation of the influence of invasive alien species on the economy of the Seychelles islands. Ecological Economics 69: 2614–2623.
[2] Burgiel, S. and Muir, A. 2010. Invasive Species, Climate Change and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Addressing Multiple Drivers of Global Change. Global Invasive Species Programme. https://portals.iucn.org/library/efiles/edocs/2010-054.pdf
 
Island Conservation and the Bahamas National Trust partnered together to protect the Endangered Allen Cay Rock Iguana by removing invasive house mice.

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