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“With around 70 percent of Seychelles’ gross domestic product (GDP) and more than 90 percent of exports dependent on natural ecosystem services, primarily fishing and tourism, the island country is taking steps to protect its biodiversity from invasive alien species (IAS).

Through a USD 2 million biosecurity project, the Seychelles government together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have documented the extent of the threat of invasive species as well as control and eradication measures in the country’s first-ever book on IAS, Invasive Alien Species in Seychelles. Why and how to eliminate them? Identification and management of priority species.

Authored by leading environment specialists Dr Gerard Rocamora and Dr Elvina Henriette and published in collaboration with the Island Biodiversity and Conservation Centre at the University of Seychelles, the book is a comprehensive resource for those working on and interested in invasive species management including scientists, conservation and biosecurity practitioners, academics, students, among others. Plants, animals and diseases are considered invasive when they travel beyond their natural habitat, and have negative impacts in their new home through infestation…”

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