Description/achievement of initiative
A regional coordinated approach to biosecurity and invasive species management. Building capacity of SIDS to address the threats and mitigate the negative impacts caused by invasive species on biodiversity, economy and health. The Pacific Invasives Partnership is strengthened by its membership - having regional inter-governmental organisations (SPC, SPREP, USP, Forum Secretariat) working closely with SIDS governments on key biosecurity and invasive species management issues. Having universities (USP, Uni. Melbourne, Uni. Hawaii, Uni. Auckland, Uni. Guam) and other key research organisations (PII, Landcare Research, CABI, ISSG) to provide the technical backstopping and advice to governments. Other organisations within the Partnership (CI, IC, TNC, IUCN, BirdLife, etc.) work directly with civil societies and non-governmental actors to enhance their skills, so that a national team-partnership approach is established (the Pacific Invasives Learning Network) to accelerate actions on the ground to manage invasive species.
The Partnership meets annually (or biannually) to develop its annual workplan. The workplan is guided by the Invasive Species Guidelines for the Pacific Islands - a strategic approach to biosecurity and invasive species management that was endorsed by the members of SPREP and SPC. Due to the vastness of the Pacific, the Partnership relies on the spread of its members to help make representations and facilitate activities throughout the Pacific SIDS.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The Pacific Invasives Partnership members work directly with Pacific SIDS governments and civil society. Recently, countries endorsed the Capacity Development Strategy developed by the Partnership that aims to strengthen capacity building programmes for invasive practitioners. The Capacity Development Strategy targets capacity developers, as well as institutions and individuals whose capacity is being targeted.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Pacific Invasives Partnership is a key working group of the Pacific Island Roundtable for Nature Conservation. It has a Charter that all organisations and members upholds. The coordination of this partnership is a core role of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. The current chair of this partnership is the Secretariat for the Pacific Community.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community; Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, The University of the South Pacific, Global Island Partnership; NZ Department of Conservation; Landcare Research New Zealand; Pacific Invasives Initiative; US Forest Service; United Nations Environment Programme; US Department of State; USNational Invasive Species Council; The Nature Conservancy; University of Hawaii Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit; New Zealand MFAT Aid Programme; Island Conservation; IUCN - Invasive Species Specialist Group; IUCN; Conservation International; Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International; CABI; BirdLife International; BioNET-PACINET; Austral Foundation; University of Melbourne - Department of Resource Management & Geography; US National Biological Information Infrastructure; Micronesia Regional Invasive Species Council; Forum Secretariat;