island-conservation-predator-free-feat

Predator Free 2050: All Eyes on New Zealand

New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 project garners attention as conservationists watch to see how developing technology will support island restoration.

New Zealand has one of the highest proportions of threatened species to non-threatened species in the world and is a hotspot for invasive species. Although the island nation has been dealing with invasive predators for almost 300 years, their Predator Free 2050 initiative remains a daunting task. The plan has earned the nickname “New Zealand’s Apollo Program” due to its unprecedented nature and the scientific advances that will be required to accomplish it.

New Zealand is a world leader in invasive species removal and all eyes are on their plan to remove all invasive rats, possums, and stoats from the nation. The development of new technology for the initiative would be a game-changer for the world. Daniel Simberloff, an ecologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Island Conservation board member commented:

Of all the nations in the world, they have been certainly the most aggressive in dealing with this problem, especially on New Zealand’s smaller islands…But the idea of eradicating introduced predators from [the main islands], that’s a quantum leap.

island-conservation-predator-free-reischecks-parakeet

The Reischeck’s Parakeet on Antipodes Island, New Zealand. Credit: Jason Zito/Island Conservation

Currently, invasive species removal around the world focuses on mostly uninhabited islands, but New Zealand’s plan will change all of that. Heath Packard, Island Conservation’s Communications Director explained:

Simply perfecting eradications on uninhabited islands—which New Zealand is already close to doing—would alone have a huge impact on global conservation.

Island Conservation’s own work to remove invasive rats from Floreana Island in the Galápagos archipelago has been seven years in the making. Floreana Island is a 173 km2 island with a population of 140 people. Rakiara is New Zealand’s largest island and is approximately ten times the size of Floreana with three times the population. Packard commented:

We are continually reaching more complex projects…The ambitious vision that New Zealand has could be a major stepping stone for us to be considering places that are much bigger and grander in scale. The prospect of what New Zealand is trying to achieve lends hope that there may be tools and techniques in place to consider reversing the extinction trajectory in a place like Hawai’i.

Conservationists around the world are keen to see how the Predator Free 2050 initiative unfolds and are hopeful to see how new technology will influence the future of invasive species removal.

Feature Photo: A New Zealand South Island Robin. Credit: Jake Osborne
Source: Christian Science Monitor

About Emily Heber

Emily is a recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Zoology. As a student, she discovered that she had a passion for the conservation of endangered species and their ecosystems. Her background in informal education has allowed her the opportunity to share her passion for animals with others, something she seeks to continue doing while working with the communication team. In her spare time, Emily enjoys exploring the amazing hiking trails found in Santa Cruz and tries to SCUBA dive whenever possible. Emily is excited to join the Island Conservation team and to help share the amazing work that is being done here.

View All Posts

Follow Island Conservation on Social Media

[ism-social-followers list='fb,tw,li,youtube,instagram' template='ism_template_sf_1' list_align='horizontal' display_counts='false' display_full_name='true' box_align='center' ]

[ism-social-followers list='fb,tw,li,youtube,instagram' template='ism_template_sf_1' list_align='horizontal' display_counts='false' display_full_name='true' box_align='center' ]

Midway Atoll conservation

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this:

ketogenic diet fast weight loss what are the top weight loss pills for women chinese herbal weight loss pills weight loss pills with creatine can type 1 diabetics take keto diet pills how to buy doctor prescribed weight loss pills kale salad recipes for keto diet diet for quick weight loss and lower cholesterol perfect indian diet to lose weight benefits of paleo diet weight loss extreme weight loss diet and exercise plan 3 ballerinas tea weight loss pills how effective are diets in weight loss jonathan ross weight loss diet what supplement are good nerves and weight loss complete diet plan to lose weight today show keto diet 5 days weight loss diet plan weight loss pills heard on the radio copenhagen diet weight loss best weight loss pills narrogin arsenal weight loss supplement keto advanced weight loss pills walmart what are some recipes for the keto diet li da weight loss pills reviews weight loss prescription medicine the tuna diet weight loss how much green tea pills for weight loss very strict weight loss diet 7 day diet meal plan to lose weight 1200 calories weight loss diet for people with bcir allergy medicine weight loss weight loss diet for women without processed food totally free weight loss pills down sysmdrome caused lose weight pills extreme weight loss diets that work

sunmed cbd ignite cbd review ameo cbd patch cbd market size 2020 cbd mayo clinic cbd oil and methadone cbd activation temperature cbd oil toenail fungus cbd edibles effect sanjay gupta cbd psoriasis cbd cbd stores wichita ks cbd oil for hormone imbalance medical mary cbd cbd oil green strongest cbd oil for pain cbd analgesic where can you buy cbd oil in wisconsin cbd oil and hormones does cbd oil work for weight loss optivida cbd oil does cbd oil help shingles cbd oil greenwood indiana full spectrum cbd oil vs isolate what cbd is best for pain funny cbd oil memes bulk full spectrum cbd oil new cbd drug computicket outlets cape town cbd cbd water price punt hill melbourne cbd wildleaf cbd oil what cbd products are legal cbd oil near me for pain cbd oil for child adhd new leaf naturals cbd oil

increase sperm volume pills white pill 2 02 male enhancement association subliminal hypnosis penis enlargement pills facts how to take hardcore male enhancement blue circle pills ed drugs philippines nutritional supplements kegals for penis enlargement are extenze pills fast acting which is better vigaplus or caliplus ed pills black magic sex pill cheap male enhancement products drug dealer code talk extenze male pills the best of penis enlargement pill male sex drive pills free samples pills designed for extreme penis growth drugs for sexual performance anxiety pills that kill your sex drive male enhancement plantinss viagra tablets names do high blood pressure pills cause ed zinc supplement for sex drive ed pills store male sex supplement is viagra a blue pill black maca pills alphamale xl pills penis enlargement surgery cost in us otc sex pills penis enlargement pills does not work him pills ed review anxiety pills that dont effect your sex drive fastest way to enlarge your penis