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"Pacific Invasive Battler Series" gets new publications

Four new publications have been added to the "Pacific Invasive Battler Series" to help Pacific governments, non-government organisations and communities with the management of invasive species.

The publications are developed through the Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service, which is a collaboration of leading organisations supporting invasive species management for biodiversity protection in the Pacific.

There are currently 15 publications in the Pacific Invasive Battler Series and the publications are an important resource for those working to restore ecosystems and manage invasive species. 

It provides tested best practice approaches through step-by-step guidance, case studies and visual aid for those battling invasive species.

The four new publications include: Use Natural Enemies to Manage Widespread Weeds in the Pacific; Managing Low-incidence Priority Weeds to Conserve Pacific Biodiversity; Protect Our Islands with Biosecurity; and Build Resilient Ecosystems and Communities by Managing Invasive Species in High-Priority Sites.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme [SPREP] Regional Invasive Species Project Manager, Bradley Myer, said in a statement that Pacific communities, while separated by vast ocean space, share many things in common including a heavy reliance on the environment for food, shelter, and economic stability.

"The Battler Series is an important resource for sharing information and management techniques for invasive species that many islands have in common," he added.

The Pacific region is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and has a large number of species that can only be found in the region, which makes it vulnerable to the impact of invasive species, which is the largest cause of a country's endemic species loss.

The Battler Series provides information and case studies that can assist those working in the field and is written in a user-friendly way and is made available for free to download from the S.P.R.E.P and the Battler Resource Base.

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