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Effects of invasive species on critically endangered IUCN list species
The IUCN RedList of Threatened Species assesses how endangered or threatened species are on a global scale. It has been going for over 50 years and by flagging endangered species, it promotes their conservation. Invasive species (animals, weeds and microorganisms) are probably contributing to the...
Action on Invasives
Increased global trade has an unfortunate side effect – the rapid spread of invasive species. Imported plants, insects and pathogens can all have an adverse impact on human, animal, agricultural and environmental health.  Invasive species are estimated to cost the global economy over US$1.4...
An international plant sentinel network for botanic gardens and arboreta
The rate of introduction and establishment of new plant pests has increased steadily over the last century as a result of increased global trade, and the impacts of climate change. At the same time, because they are no longer seen as priorities, taxonomy, classical plant pathology and other...
Woody weeds in East Africa
Many exotic trees and shrubs have been introduced into Africa, but a few have escaped cultivation and become destructive alien invasive species reducing native biodiversity and limiting the livelihoods of those that live in rural communities. Woody species such as invasive Prosopis spp, Lantana...
Managing invasive species in selected forest ecosystems of South East Asia
Invasive alien species (IAS) are, after habitat destruction, the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. Invasive alien species are significantly affecting local and global biodiversity in South East Asia, invading and threatening forest habitats and the species that live in them. They are...
Ensuring Pakistan’s agricultural trade is healthy
Pakistan has a thriving agricultural sector, contributing around 24% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and directly or indirectly engaging the majority of the population. Exports from this sector represent the country's largest source of foreign exchange earnings. One of the main challenges facing...
Training facilitators and farmers in Pakistan
Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan Province is a narrow valley in South West Pakistan. It is a rural area, far from Islamabad and there is little or no industry here apart from agriculture. Jobs are also scarce, but the Aga Khan Foundation wants to change this.
CABIcore - re-engineering the CABI Knowledge Business
CABI is a knowledge-based organization, but much of that knowledge is inaccessible and incompatible with modern technology. This means it cannot be mined to generate new solutions to problems, nor can it be integrated with other data sources to create new insights. Our content management systems...
Strengthening agro-ecosystem health and building resilience in Climate Smart Villages
The impact of significant outbreaks of pests and diseases on farmers’ livelihoods and the important links to food security is widely accepted. Baseline surveys conducted in the three ‘climate smart villages’ (Tra Hat, Vietnam, Rohal Soung, Cambodia and Ekxang, Laos) highlighted the importance of...
Scaling-up improved legume technologies in Tanzania (SILT)
A recent assessment of food insecurity by FAO revealed that millions individuals in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from severe food insecurity. Although this situation is improving, many countries here still rely on expensive imports to meet their needs.  Improving legume yields represents one of the...