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Clearing water hyacinth from the lake. Credit: © Sébastien Roux/Reporterre.

Finding alternative uses for invasive species: the water hyacinth in Benin

Patrice Sagbo, Actions pour le Développement Durable, Benin Native to South America, the water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) has caused problems for local lake communities and the environment across East Africa. In Benin, it makes travel by canoe difficult, and affects the livelihoods of local fishing communities. In recent years, local communities—especially women—have managed this invasive … Read more


Indigenous monitoring of silk moths in the Arctic and Siberia

Polina Shulbaeva, Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North Indigenous monitoring has made it possible to document an increase in the distribution of alien species across the Arctic and Siberia. One such species is the silk moth—one of the most dangerous insect pests—which is currently moving northwards. Silkworms are difficult to find and … Read more

Guinaang - U'ma, alongside the baang, being prepared for planting

Controlling the invasive Gmelina and bringing back biodiversity

Venecio Lingbawan and Florence Daguitan In the 1990’s, gmelina (Gmelina arborea) was promoted in our territory in Guinaang Pasil, Kalinga. It is fast growing they say and can be harvested as timber after 10 years. We planted these in the u’uma (rotational agricultural areas) and in the boboloy (residential areas) in the ba-ang. Baang is … Read more


Development of cultural indicators to monitor Kauri dieback disease in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Kauri dieback is a deadly, fungus-like disease specific to New Zealand which has killed thousands of kauri trees over the past ten years. Kauri dieback was formally identified in April 2008.

Usdub, Guna Yala

An invader in our waters: actions of Guna People (Panama) in relation to the Lion Fish

The lionfish is a priority invasive alien species that was first recorded on the East Coast of the United States in 1992, but since then it has spread down the coast to MesoAmerica.


Control of invasive pond apple infestations by indigenous rangers in a World Heritage Area, North-east Queensland, Australia

The Pond Apple (Annona glabra) is an invasive plant that is listed as a Weed of National Significance”1Australian governments have agreed a list of thirty two Weeds of National Significance (WoNS), based on “their invasiveness, potential for spread and environmental, social and economic impacts”.