U.S. Scientists Assist Freely Associated States to Combat Invasive Species (Dec 12, 2012)
U.S. Department of State. U.S. Embassy Majuro.
On November 29, representatives from the Regional Invasive Species Council (RISC) of Micronesia presented to the Micronesian Chief Executives' Summit in Majuro on the importance of combating invasive species. RISC of Micronesia is a Guam-based organization that has representatives in Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Saipan, whose main purpose is to work with member countries to combat invading species from invading their countries. RISC is working to develop a comprehensive Micronesia Biosecurity Plan (MBP) to prevent invasive species from damaging the environment, economy and cultural resources in Micronesia.
Partnership to Tackle Pacific Pests (Nov 9, 2012)
BirdLife Pacific and Island Conservation have signed an agreement in Fiji this week to help protect the native birds and biodiversity of Pacific islands from invasive species. The two NGOs bring enormous experience to the task. The BirdLife Pacific Partnership has been working to address this problem by eradicating introduced predators from islands in Fiji, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Palau. Island Conservation has completed pest eradications from over fifty islands across the globe and has recently expanded its operations in the Pacific.
Cook Islands PM Urges Pacific-Wide Action to Tackle Invasive Species (Sep 23, 2012)
The Cook Islands Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna and his Pacific Islands Forum colleagues have backed an initiative to recognise the widespread economic, social and environmental impacts of invasive species. The support came during the Forum Leaders' Retreat this month, at which the Cook Islands put forward the proposal, and subsequently included in the Forum Communiqué.