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.
The goal of the Activity is to enhance resilience to the biosecurity risk posed by invasive ants throughout the Pacific. Better resources and improved capacity and communication are needed to enable biosecurity and management of invasive ants. We propose a co-operative approach to provide permanent resources so that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) can better prevent incursions, and respond to incursions quickly in a cost effective, environmentally safe way. These resources will be available for all PICTs to help preserve economic, environmental and cultural values across the Pacific.
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: