In December 2014 the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Programme contracted Pacific Biosecurity to lead implementation of the Activity “Building resilience to biosecurity threats from invasive ants throughout the Pacific” over five years.
Our in-country partners are Tokelau EDNRE (Department of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment and Kiribati MELAD (Ministry of Environment, Land & Agricultural Development). Regional support agency partners are the Secretariat of the Pacific Commission (SPC) in Fiji, and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Samoa. The New Zealand partners are Pacific Biosecurity (PB) in Wellington and Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) in Auckland.
The partners will deliver five outputs to achieve the Activity outcomes and overall goal:
March 2019: With our partners we have eradicated yellow crazy ant in Kiritimati, Kiribati and have sustained control of yellow crazy ant in Tokelau.
June 2018: We are four years into the Activity. As well as being on track for all our outputs, we have assisted other countries and organisations with advice, capacity-building, and resources, including SOP Manu in French Polynesia, and the Agriculture team in Tuvalu.