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Action plan

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has drawn up new plans for the eradication of the American iguanas.

Funded by the US Government, a team of stakeholders met this week to put together new strategies for the program.

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said the preparation for an iguana action plan was timely and a positive step towards the eradication of the pest.

Mr Khan said over the recent years, BAF with support of government initiated some strategies and plans for the eradication of the reptile. He said this plan would further strengthen the work done in this area.

"Eradication of American iguanas from Fiji is a difficult task as they are highly fecund animals and have very few predators in Fiji.

"We are grateful for the US Government and International Union for Conservation of Nature Oceania for their support and assistance in this initiative."

American Embassy's Regional Environment Officer for the Pacific Jason Brenden said the American iguana was an invasive species.

He said such reptiles posed a significant potential threat to the biodiversity of Fiji and the Pacific.

"Much study and work has been done in recent years to understand and develop plans to control the American iguana. The conference this week is another great example of how governments and the private sector can work together effectively to tackle the world's environmental issues."

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