Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Reports

Invasive Alien Species in Guyana: Assessment Report, National Strategy and Action Plan

This report compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Guyana, documents what is known of the current status of IAS in Guyana as a starting point for developing a National IAS Strategy and Action Plan to address IAS threats and thus contribute to Guyana’s long-term sustainable development.

Invasive Species Threats in the Caribbean Region

Report by Kairo et al. to the Nature Conservancy. The project reported here represents the first concerted attempt to collate and synthesise information on threats posed by invasive species in the insular Caribbean. The synthesis was based on direct interaction and input from a range of stakeholders throughout the region. With few exceptions such as Cuba, and the Netherlands Antilles, it is anticipated that views expressed are largely representative of the regional status of invasive species issues.

Strategy and Action Plan for Invasive Alien Species in the Caribbean Region 2011-2015 (Fifth Draft)

An output of the Project: Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC) and collaborating countries, institutions, not for profit organisation and citizens of the wider Caribbean. The draft final document will be shared with key stakeholder agencies and groups across the wider Caribbean for further inputs.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Report No. 372 - Non-native species in UK Overseas Territories - a review

The review by Karen Varnham contains information gathered from the literature, individual experts and organisations, both in the UK and in the Territories or Dependencies themselves, and was guided by a workshop at JNCC in January 2004 involving representatives of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum.
A minimum of 2261 non-native species is recorded as occurring across the UK Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies with a total of over 2900 records of occurrence overall. The review showed that Bermuda has the unfortunate distinction of topping the non-native species polls with 1139 species recorded – by contrast, the South Sandwich Islands have none.

Trade and Invasive Species in the Caribbean: a universe of risk

This report published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature reviews the potential risk of introductions of invasive species through trade related pathways in the insular Caribbean, with a particular emphasis on larger islands and on the potential impacts of trade-related introductions of invasives on forests.

Will extreme climatic events facilitate biological invasions?

This review cites some examples from the Caribbean region, for example storm assisted movement of the cactus moth and the red palm mite in the Caribbean and seagrass dynamics in Dominica before and after Hurricane Omar in 2008.

The Aid Trade - International Assistance Programs as Pathways for the Introduction of Invasive Alien Species

This report on IAS problems created by international assistance programs is not Caribbean-centred but has a lot of detail on a less well-known introduction pathway.

Farming Change - Growing More Food with a Changing Resource Base

This report comprises three inter-related papers, which explore the topics from a Caribbean situation and perspective. The last paper entitled 'Species under Siege: combating the IAS threat' is of particular interest.