Invasive species cost the global economy an estimated US$1.4 trillion every year. These animals, diseases, insects and plants devastate crops, livestock and smallholder livelihoods by upsetting the delicate balance of native ecosystems including farmland. They are the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss.
Tackling the threat of invasive species
Invasive species cost an estimated US$1.4 TRILLION TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY every year
CABI has been tackling invasive species for over 100 years, developing workable approaches to mitigate the biggest threats. With over 800 years of combined experience in our staff, CABI scientists are world leaders in the research of natural ways to control invasive species. In 2016, we received a mandate from our member countries to coordinate a comprehensive approach to help rural communities in the fight against invasive species.
This approach includes wide-scale campaigns for the prevention, early detection/response and control of invasive species. We investigate some of the most problematic invasive species around the world and provide solutions. We advise governments on invasive species policy, and produce books and tools for environmental managers, researchers and farmers on this global issue.
In 2017, CABI helped lead the fight against a global pest – the brown marmorated stink bug – that has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to hazelnut crops in Georgia and apple production in north-eastern regions of the USA. In 2017, we also launched our Action on Invasives programme to help protect and improve the livelihoods of 50 million poor rural households impacted by invasive species.
Here are a couple of our publications that relate to SDG15 and invasive species:
CABI's work and impact on SDG15