On February 16, this year, an invasive Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) was discovered in a residential area on the island of St Eustatius by STENAPA, the National Parks Foundation. It is not known whether the animal was brought to the island as a pet and escaped or was released, or whether it arrived via cargo […]Read more
Economic Impact of IAS in the Caribbean: Case Studies Preface Invasive Alien Species (IAS) have a negative impact on crop and pasture production, human and animal health, biodiversity and a multitude of other goods and services provided by ecosystems and as such pose one of the biggest threats to economic development on this planet. In […]Read more
Unsuspecting travellers bring in plants, animals, animal products, food and other agricultural items that can contain harmful pests and diseases. “Don’t Pack a Pest” is the result of partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve […]Read more
Objective: To provide participants with an overview of phytosanitary principles to better enable their countries to safeguard against invasive species from a regulatory standpoint, while competing in the international marketplace. The meeting provides a forum for establishing a much needed technical advisory group comprised of the CARICOM Chief Plant Health Directors. This group will make […]Read more
What are IAS?
Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are organisms whose introduction and/or spread impacts human health and well being; disrupts trade and threaten biological diversity.
Currently, the following threats pose a serious risk to biodiversity
Caribbean Working Groups
Currently in the Caribbean, three (3) distinct Invasive Alien Species (IAS) working groups have been established to address mitigation of Invasive Alien Species. These groups encompass the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Recent ArticlesRapid response to the Discovery of an Invasive Green Iguana on St. Eustatius
Economic Impact of IAS - Case Studies
Caribbean Webinar Training Session held on the 4th June 2014 (Video)
Legislation and Policy Issues
Currently model state law is being drafted for invasive species detection, control, and management. This model state law provides the statutory framework for a comprehensive program to address invasive non-native species.