23 Sep '12, 9pm

Bird news: Cook Islands PM urges Pacific-wide action to tackle invasive species

Bird news: Cook Islands PM urges Pacific-wide action to tackle invasive species

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna and his Pacific Islands Forum colleagues have backed an initiative to recognise the widespread economic, social and environmental impacts of invasive species. The support came during the Forum Leaders’ Retreat this month, at which the Cook Islands put forward the proposal, and subsequently included in the Forum Communiqué. Introduced animals such as rats, and plants, also diseases, and insects like fire ants, and taro beetle continue to spread across the Pacific and greatly threaten the economies and biodiversity of Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Prime Minister Puna, Minister responsible for the Environment and a champion of environmental issues, urged Leaders to support more action to tackle the issue. “The people of the Pacific are facing numerous threats from invasive species, which are having major effects on o...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2012/09/cook-islands-pm...

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