Eradication of invasive non-indigenous species is often viewed as an impossible goal and an approach historically typified by high-profile failures. However, there have been a surprising number of successful eradications of animals, plants, and even microorganisms. Although the majority of successes have concerned geographically-circumscribed invasions (e.g., on small islands), others have rid substantial continental areas of invaders (e.g., Anopheles gambiae from north-eastern Brazil, or smallpox from the entire Earth). Successful eradications share three features: (1) sufficient economic resources must exist for the project to be completed, (2) clear lines of authority must exist; someone must be in charge and must be able to compel cooperation, and (3) the biology of the target organism must be adequately researched and appropriate.
|Secondary title||International conference on eradication of island invasives|
|Publisher||IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group|