Protecting Biodiversity by Conserving Islands: An Integrated Regional Approach

Most recent animal and plant extinctions have occurred on islands and were caused, at least in part, by introduced species. This is because most island ecosystems historically lacked mammalian predators and herbivores and therefore island flora and fauna often lack evolved defences against these introduced mammals. Removing introduced mammals from islands can protect island ecosystems, and we believe this can be done effectively by regional island conservation organizations that integrate: (1) applied research and priority setting; (2) public education and policy work; (3) capacity building; (4) conservation action; and (5) monitoring and evaluation. In Northwest Mexico and California we developed such an organisation to protect the region’s 296 islands.

Author Keitt, B., Aguirre, A., Howald, G., Croll, D. and Tershy, B.
Date 2005-02-05
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 21
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