Invasives: A Major Conservation Threat

Lambertini, M. et al.

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As leaders of conservation organizations with missions to protect biodiversity, we believe that the endorsement of invading species—although potentially stimulating from an academic perspective—risks trivializing the global action that is needed to address one of the most severe and fastest growing threats to biological diversity. Our organizations have promoted biosecurity programs, implemented dozens of campaigns for invasive species removal, and supported hundreds of the more than 1000 eradications so far completed, recovering ecosystems and preventing many extinctions worldwide, especially on islands. These successes demonstrate clearly that threats from invasive species can be mitigated and that biodiversity can be protected through these actions.

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