Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service

In the Pacific, Invasive species are the leading driver of biodiversity loss and a significant impact on ecosystem resilience leading to a loss in ecosystem services and the ability to adapt to climate change. Regional tracking of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) through the Guidelines Reporting Database has identified major gaps both in scope and the amount of “management action” underway. The urgency for management action is unprecedented and the resources available have been increased dramatically for the next four to five years. 

PRISMSS was established as a coordinating regional mechanism to cater for such urgency through the provision of a comprehensive, seamless mechanism for facilitating the scaling up of invasive species on-the-ground management operations in the Pacific. PRISMSS brings together the leading experts and practitioners in the Pacific to provide a comprehensive suite of support services in a cohesive, effective, efficient and accessible manner to PICT's. This contributes to the overall goal of significantly reducing the socio-economic and ecological impact of Invasive species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate priority species. PRISMSS will provide technical support across five regional programmatic approaches to the whole Pacific Region.








Pacific Islands in action (Photos ©Josef Pisi;  ©Huggard Tongatule © David Moverley) 


PRISMSS is the place to go for effective coordination of technical support for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific region. PRISMSS assists 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
+ PRISMSS Information Brochure 

+ Programme Management Course

+ Battler Resource Base


To request technical assistance for on-the-ground support, please complete the PRISMSS Request Form  or email [email protected] for any queries.

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PRISMSS Technical Partners


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme


Manaaki whenua - Landcare Research


BirdLife International Regional Programme


Pacific Community 


Wellington UniVentures - Pacific Biosecurity


Island Conservation


New Zealand Department of Conservation


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GEF6 Project Inception Kick Start In Tonga With The Natural Enemies - Natural Solutions Programme - 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.

Participants Talk About The Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Course - 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.

PRISMSS Invigorates Pacific Weed Biocontrol - Invasive species are the leading driver of biodiversity loss in the Pacific, negatively affecting ecosystem resilience, ecosystem services, and future ability to adapt to climate change. In the past the major gap in invasive species management in the Pacific has been adequate, on-the-ground operational action. Now a new initiative has been launched by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to address this gap.

New Zealand Department Of Conservation Boosts Regional Response To Invasive Species (Sep 4, 2019) - 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). 

Increasing Capacity In The Pacific Islands Region To Address The Largest Driver Of Biodiversity Loss - 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.


Our Values are;

  • 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

"PRISMSS was established in 2019 with the assistance of the Global Environment Facility project: “Strengthening national and regional capacities to reduce the impact of Invasive Alien Species on globally significant biodiversity in the Pacific.” 

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