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Bahamas Critial Situation Analysis

Critical Situation Analysis (CSA) of Invasive Alien Species Status and Management, THE BAHAMAS, 2013

This Critical Situation Analysis (CSA) provides a comprehensive view of the occurrence, trends and distribution of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in The Bahamas. It evaluates gaps in existing institutional, legislative and policy frameworks. It also describes the profile of The Bahamas and includes The Bahamas National Protected Area System. The CSA contains information from the […]

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Endangered St. Lucia Iguana

Saint Lucia Iguana is Considered as being Critically Endangered

Due to their low numbers and restricted geographic area, the Saint Lucia iguana is considered as being critically endangered, meaning “at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.” Now restricted to an area in the North East of the island, threats such as habitat loss, introduced predators (cats, dogs, rats, mongoose), introduced competitors, and […]

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Map of Guadeloupe Archipelago

The Invasive Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)

The Invasive Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is Threatening the Endangered Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima): Brief Report of the Situation in the French West Indies The Lesser Antillean Iguana (LAI) (Iguana delicatissima, Photo 1) is listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of threatened species (IUCN, 2010). This iguana species originating from the northern […]

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Invasive Alien Species Management in Saint Lucia and Caribbean Partner Countries

This paper gives an overview of St. Lucia’s recent efforts in the management of invasive alien species (IAS) that threaten native biodiversity.  A regional GEF-funded project “Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean” has the goal to conserve globally important ecosystems in the insular Caribbean.  Five pilot countries, the Bahamas, Dominican […]

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IAS Threat in the Caribbean

Invasive Species Threats in the Caribbean Region: Report to the Nature Conservancy

This report represents the first concerted attempt to collate and synthesise information on threats posed by invasive species in the insular Caribbean. The synthesis was based on direct interaction and input from a range of stakeholders throughout the region. With few exceptions such as Cuba, and the Netherlands Antilles, it is anticipated that views expressed are largely representative of the regional status of invasive species issues. A database comprising a range of information on of invasive species was developed. The database can be queried using various search parameters. At present it contains information on 552 species. The information included varies from species and is reflective of the status of knowledge. The database is not complete and there is much additional data/gaps to be filled. The status of individual species in all broad community types (marine, freshwater and terrestrial) varies between islands but an attempt was made to identify the most serious threats at the regional level. It should be noted however, that priority species will vary from island to island and additional information will be required before completing the prioritization process. A database with contact details and areas of specialization for more than 250 people interested in invasive species issues in the Caribbean was also compiled. Current governmental regulations with relevance to invasive species were reviewed. Generally, specific legislation dealing with invasive species within the Caribbean is lacking. Much of what is available is outdated and does not satisfy agreed-upon international conventions and treaties.
Notwithstanding the efforts to update some legislation by certain countries, the risk, however, is that piecemeal updating of legislation will not lead to true harmonisation but will instead mean that the existing patchwork legal framework is simply replaced by a more modern patchwork legal framework in the Caribbean region. The present effort has initiated a process of collation of species information into a database. This needs to be built further, gaps in present information filled for each island. Priority areas which require action are identified. This includes development of national and regional policies and strategies, specific action plans to deal with present and potential problems, framework for exchange of information, capacity building among others.

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