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Psidium cattleianum/strawberry guava [Wendy Strahm]
Passiflora tarminiana/banana passion vine [Maanaki Whenua-Landcare Research, New Zealand]
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ISSG Regional Pacific Office

The ISSG Regional Pacific Office serves as the Pacific node for ISSG activities. Activities include a mix of projects that address ISSG's global programme of work and those that focus on the Pacific region.

Work plan 2011-2013

Threatened species

Insular island ecosystems like those that lie in the Pacific Ocean exhibit high levels of endemism and the native biodiversity they contain are especially vulnerable to impacts such as habitat destruction and the spread of invasive species.

ISSG Pacific 2011-2014 regional work plan will focus on the collection and management of information related to the impacts of invasive species on endangered native species on Pacific Islands and Territories including the management of this threat. Data and information will be presented in a web-enabled searchable database on the ISSG information portal.

Vulnerable ecosystems: wetlands

The Regional Wetlands Action Plan for the Pacific Islands 2011-2013 identifies invasive species as a significant threat to the integrity of rivers, lakes, marshes and mangroves. Pacific region wetlands are at risk due to their small size, low protection of their biodiversity and lack of information to enable effective management making them more vulnerable to a changing climate.

ISSG Pacific 2011-2014 regional work plan will also focus on the collection and management of information related to the impacts of the spread of invasive species on Pacific region wetlands and the management of this threat.

ISSG Pacific and IUCN Oceania

ISSG Pacific acts as the invasive species focal point for IUCN Oceania Suva, Fiji

Pacific Invasives Partnership

ISSG is a partner in the Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP) an umbrella regional coordinating body for organizations working on invasive species in more than one country of the Pacific. The Partnerhsip is the Invasive Species Working Group of the Roundtable for Nature Conservation in the Pacific Islands. PIP is also dedicated to ensuring the success of the Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific which were endorsed by South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Staff of the Regional Office are based at the Tamaki Campus of the University of Auckland, in New Zealand.

Key Contact

Shyama Pagad
University of Auckland (New Zealand)
School of Biological Sciences
Centre for Biosecurity and Biodiversity







What’s new in the Pacific?

Pacific Regional Environment Programme Strategic Plan 2011–2015

SPREP Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015

The Plan establishes four strategic priorities: Climate Change; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; Waste Management and Pollution Control; and Environmental Monitoring and Governance. Check Page 20 for strategies and goals related to invasive species.

Biodiversity Conservation Lessons Learned Technical Series

This Technical Series reports on conservation projects funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Conservation International Pacific Islands Program (CI-Pacific). The main purpose of this series is to disseminate project findings and successes to a broader audience of conservation professionals in the Pacific, along with interested members of the public and students.
Download a zip file of the first 10 reports

The region has a new plan to help strengthen Pacific Wetlands

Wetlands Action Plan for The Pacific

Analysis of Pacific islands species listed on the 2008 Red List
Analysis of Pacific islands species listed on the 2008 Red List. The Analysis has focussed on species in 24 Pacific island countries and territories.

Guidelines for invasive species management in the Pacific: a Pacific strategy for managing pests, weeds and other invasive species

Guidelines coverpage

This document lists the essential components of a comprehensive and effective invasive species management programme. It has been compiled in consultation with Pacific island countries and territories, to support them in developing their invasive species work, and to guide regional and international agencies in providing assistance to them.

PIAkey (Pacific Invasive Ant key) is an electronic guide designed to assist users to identify invasive ant species commonly encountered in the Pacific Island region. The guide covers four subfamilies, 20 genera and 44 species. more>>

Related links

IUCN Oceania

Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP)

Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII)

Pacific Invasive Species Learning Network (PILN)

The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

BirdLife International Pacific

Critical Ecosystem Partnerships Fund (CEPF) Polynesia-Micronesia