A gap analysis of the plans for invasive species management in the Western Indian Ocean countries and islands, including National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), National Invasive Species Strategies and Action Plans (NISSAPs) and others, has been commissioned from Dr Souad Boudjelas, an expert in national invasives planning who has previously carried out a similar analysis for the island countries and territories of the Pacific. The analysis will identify areas that require strengthening and produce recommendations for the improvement of invasives plans, particularly regarding their comprehensiveness, priorities, and ability to address the invasive species challenges in our islands. The study results are expected later this year.
National policies, plans, and action
Throughout 2016, Mauritius held a number of workshops and reviews for its new NBSAP, to which IUCN was invited to contribute through the Inva’Ziles Coordinator. The final draft of the new NBSAP, submitted for government approval early in 2017, includes a section on invasives which focuses on revising the National Invasive Species Strategy and incorporating within it a costed, time-specific Action Plan. We are very grateful to the Mauritius authorities for their confidence in allowing us to assist with this process.
Republic of Mauritius (RoM), 2017. National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2017 – 2025