16 April 2020 | Data Story

Invasive Species Threaten Globally Important Seabirds in Kiribati

Story Highlights

  • The atoll country of Kiribati is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including 21 breeding seabird species, many of which are considered globally important, including two species that are under threat of extinction, in part due to invasive species such as rats and feral cats.

  • To address the threat of invasive species, Kiribati has developed the National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020, along with an outline for a Proposed Eradication of Feral Cats from Malden Island and Guidelines for Monitoring Birds and Invasive Species at Kiritimati.

To tackle the threat that invasive species pose to endemic species, Kiribati has developed the National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020 (NISSAP), which states that Kiribati is currently addressing some of the issues associated with invasive species “outstandingly well,” especially in the Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) and on the atoll of Kiritimati (Christmas Island).

Along with the NISSAP, an outline for a Proposed Eradication of Feral Cats from Malden Island and Guidelines for Monitoring Birds and Invasive Species at Kiritimati have been developed.

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