Invasive species are a prevasive threat to ecosystems worldwide and a significant drain on national economies, costing $1.4 trillion in damage worldwide annually. Community-based management is the most successful method of invasive species control: local eradication projects are three times more likely to succeed than regional projects, and eight times more likely to succeed than national projects.
The Fijian islands are leaders in community-based management and have completed many successful eradication campaigns. However, most initiatives are reported only to regional news sources or limited academic groups, preventing the dissemination of successful strategies to other communities worldwide. I want to address this lack of communication by interviewing Fijian non-profits, locals, and officials involved in these campaigns to identify best practices and share my findings with a global audience.
Fiji has discovered what it takes to execute successful invasive species management programs and there is much we can apply to other invaded regions around the world. I want to spark a global conversation discussing ways to integrate invasive species management into our day-to-day lives. By sharing the stories of individuals who participate in local management, I want to inspire others around the world to do the same.
Field work was completed during Summer 2015 -- stay tuned for results!
See below for photos and blog posts from the field.
A few images from my wanderings around Suva, Fiji's capitol city.