Details of this species in Viwa Is.
Source: The Pacific Invasives Initiative 2006
Species Notes for this Location:
The invasive cane toad is extremely abundant on Viwa (25,000+) and is likely to compete with Fijian ground frogs for food, as well as preying upon juvenile and adults.
Management Notes for this Location:
There is a proposal to eradicate cane toads and invasive mammals (rats, cats and dogs) from Viwa Island (60 ha), in Fiji to protect (among other native wildlife) the endangered Fijian ground frog (see Platymantis vitiana in IUCN Red List of Threatened species).
The removal of these invasive species from Viwa Island would benefit a range of other native species, including the banded iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus), Pacific boa (Candoia bibroni), and several species of gecko and skink. In addition to the biodiversity benefits, this project is expected to have several socio-economic benefits to the people on Viwa. These include an increased agricultural harvest, improved health and sanitation (domestic water supply and disposal), ecotourism and employment opportunities, and finally cultural pride for the Viwa Island people (104 people live on the island).
The University of the South Pacific is implementing this project with Joape Kuruyawa as the full-time project manager and funding by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF), the Australian Regional Natural Heritage Programme (RNHP) and the New Zealand International Aid & Development Agency (NZAID).
Last Modified: 30/03/2006 2:58:38 p.m.