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Pacific Invasives Learning Network Convenes in Samoa

The Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) met on 1–5 August in Samoa to share their best practices for invasive species management on Pacific islands.

Twenty-two teams from Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia gathered in Samoa this year to discuss invasive species management. In addition to invasive species management, the participants discussed direct conservation action and biosecurity plans and policies. Island Conservation Project Director Richard Griffiths, who attended the meeting, said:

Eradications are expensive, but once complete, you don’t have to worry about that pest species as long as you prevent new introductions. 

Associate Minister Taefu Lemi Taefu of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment commented:

Whatever and wherever they are, invasive species are a real threat and real challenge. I urge you to continue the fight: battle against invasive species in your respective environment.

Taefu added:

Preventing and stopping the spread of invasive species is everyone’s responsibility.

island conservation participants at PILN

PILN2016 participants. Photo: SPREP


Featured photo: Lano Beach, Samoa. Neil’s Photography/Flickr
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About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to clarify the importance of biodiversity, ecological awareness, and the urgency of extinction prevention efforts. She embraces the philosophical dimensions of conservation and seeks to better understand how patterns of thinking play into our relationships with ourselves and the natural world.

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