Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service
“PRISMSS is a collaboration of leading organisations supporting invasive species management for biodiversity protection in the Pacific.”
Invasive species are the leading driver of biodiversity loss in the Pacific. They have a significant impact on ecosystem resilience leading to a loss of production in ecosystem services and a reduced ability to adapt to climate change. Regional tracking of Pacific Island countries and territories has identified major gaps both in scope and volume of “management action” underway.
The PRISMSS is a coordinating mechanism designed to facilitate the scaling up of operational management of invasive species in the Pacific. PRISMSS brings together experts to provide support within the Pacific region with a focus on protection of indigenous biodiversity and ecosystem function. The intention is to provide a comprehensive suite of support services in a cohesive, effective, efficient and accessible manner to Pacific Island countries and territories. The goal is to reduce the ecological and socio-economic impact of invasive species on ecosystems through the management or eradication of prioritised species and the protection of valued sites.
PRISMSS currently provides technical support across the following five regional programmes for the Pacific region.
- Promote environmentally sustainable practices
- Work as a team and promote partnerships
- Attract and retain potential new Partners
- Support each other to achieve common objectives
- Respect and value partners strengths and specialties
- Stewards of the resources entrusted parties
- Impartial and apolitical ensuring high standards of ethical conduct
- Encourage professionalism, commitment, accountability and sharing
How PRISMSS Works
PRISMSS was established in 2019 with the assistance of the Global Environment Facility Regional Invasive Species Project (GEF 6 RIP): Strengthening national and regional capacities to reduce the impact of Invasive Alien Species on globally significant biodiversity in the Pacific. It is supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the Managing Invasive Species for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific (MISCCAP) project.
Why choose PRISMSS?
PRISMSS is the place to go for effective coordination of technical support for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific region.
PRISMSS assists Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) by;
- Providing advice to foster on-the-ground-management actions including the development of new projects
- Helping lead the adoption and the development of best practice and innovation in the region
- Sharing technical information as far as practical for publication or training materials
- Providing training, coaching, and project planning support for project execution
- Providing donors with customised and successful options
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A declaration on the urgency of the global biodiversity crisis and the need for immediate, transformative action in the Pacific was agreed at a pan-Pacific conference today. The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas is taking place this week across the Pacific.
Lynley Hayes (Landcare Research, New Zealand), Michael Day (Biosecurity Queensland), and David Moverley (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP), visited Tonga to kick start a Global Environment Facility 6 project to better manage invasive species in Tonga.
Between 22 October and 22 November 2019 the Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service (PRISMSS) held the first comprehensive event of its kind and scale for the pacific region at SPREP, Apia, Samoa.
The New Zealand Department of Conservation (NZDOC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) officially signed a Declaration of Intent which sees the NZDOC become the first partner of the Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service (PRISMSS).
Niue, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu have recently completed national consultations to develop activities for the Global Environment Facility (GEF 6) multi-country invasive species project which will commence in 2019.The national consultations confirmed baseline conditions and determined the logistics, activities and budgets for country programmes.