The International Union for Conservation of Nature, BirdLife International, the Alliance for Zero Extinction, and the World Wildlife Fund highlight the islands of the Juan Fernández Archipelago as one of the most ecologically vulnerable ecosystems in the world. The islands are sixty-one times richer in endemic plant species per square kilometer and thirteen times greater in endemic bird richness than the Galápagos. Few people live here, largely fishermen and their families: only 700 people live on Robinson Crusoe; 30 seasonal lobster fishermen visit Alejandro Selkirk a year.
Invasive, non-native goats, rabbits, coatis, feral cats, mice, and rats present on the islands are destroying native plant and animal populations. IC and our partners are working to remove invasive species from the Juan Fernández Archipelago; we anticipate complete removal by 2020. IC will work with Chilean resource agencies to conduct environmental education and community-based activities to gain local support for the restoration of these biologically important islands.