Invasive species are a top driver of global biodiversity loss. By significantly modifying or disrupting the ecosystems they enter, invasive species can cause devastating environmental and economic harm. For island communities around the world, the challenges of ensuring biosecurity and invasive species management are compounded by a reliance on global trade and international tourism. It is also increasingly apparent that climate change has the potential to exacerbate the impacts of invasive species, including the emergence of novel diseases. As key repositories for biodiversity around the world, islands are leading the charge for on-the-ground responses to biosecurity and invasive species management. In this panel, representatives from the public and non-profit sectors in the Cayman Islands will discuss ongoing efforts to mitigate invasive species and prevent new introductions.
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