Plant invasions in protected areas of tropical pacific islands, with special reference to Hawaii

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Isolated tropical islands are notoriously vulnerable to plant invasions. Serious management for protection of native biodiversity in Hawaii began in the 1970s, arguably at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Concerted alien plant management began there in the 1980s and has in a sense become a model for protected areas throughout Hawaii and Pacific Island countries and territories. We review the relative successes of their strategies and touch upon how their experience has been applied elsewhere. Protected areas in Hawaii are fortunate in having relatively good resources for addressing plant invasions, but many invasions remain intractable, and invasions from outside the boundaries continue from a highly globalised society with a penchant for horticultural novelty. There are likely few efforts in most Pacific Islands to combat alien plant invasions in protected areas, but such areas may often have fewer plant invasions as a result of their relative remoteness and/or socio-economic development status. The greatest current needs for protected areas in this region may be for establishment of yet more protected areas, for better resources to combat invasions in Pacific Island countries and territories, for more effective control methods including biological control programme to contain intractable species, and for meaningful efforts to address prevention and early detection of potential new invaders.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Plant invasions in protected areas of tropical pacific islands, with special reference to Hawaii
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7750-7_15
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Contributing office(s) Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Description 35 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Plant Invasions in Protected Areas
First page 313
Last page 348
Country United States
State Hawaii
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