Galapagos invasive species:
The total control plan
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Plan for the total control of invasive species
The objective of the multi-institutional
project ECU/00/G31 "Invasive species in
the Galapagos" is the achievement of a plan for the total control of invasive species which allows the long-term conservation on the Galapagos archipelago. The Regulation for the Total Control of Introduced Species in Galapagos, 2003, has twelve objectives which together define the concept of "total control". The total control plan forms a
cross-cutting theme in the Galapagos regional plan, in which sustainable (ecological and economic) development policies are defined for the region.
In order to achieve the total control of introduced species, three strategic directions are proposed:
- Prevention of the arrival and establishment of new exotic species in the archipelago;
- Reaction to the presence of existing exotic species;
- Strengthening of regional capacity to manage the issues raised by introduced and invasive species.
Risk should be managed offshore as much as possible, and effective prevention is the key to achieving total control of introduced species at the regional level. It is more cost-effective to prevent the arrival of a new species than manage it afterwards. Three barriers exist:
- Border control -inspection and quarantine activities.
- Monitoring and early detection.
- Rapid response.
Activities in the strategy of reaction to the presence of established exotic species have the objective of ecosystem restoration and are guided by two principles:
Actions are principally those of eradication and control, based on scientific knowledge of target and non-target species, and the impact of methods used. Targeted research is fundamental.
- Maintain uninhabited islands as close as possible to the pristine state;
- Maintain or improve the present condition of populated islands.
Strengthen regional capacity
All the activities of prevention and reaction involve various local organizations working together, and it is necessary to strengthen the regional capacity so that they can each comply with their responsibilities.
This strategy capacity includes:
The total control plan is currently in the process of elaboration, and is in the consultation phase. A summary of the draft total control plan is available in pdf.
- Institutional strengthening;
- Capture and management of funds:
- For specific projects
- For daily and continuous activities of inspection, animal and plant health activities, monitoring and the rapid response system
- Optimization of resource use;
- Planning and the planning process;
- Improved coordination mechanisms between the different organizations;
- Establishment of good governance practices;
Source: Charles Darwin Foundation
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