Rattus exulans, Naqelelevu Fiji
Image: Steve Cranwell | ©


DOC is helping build Pacific capability to effectively manage invasive species.

DOC contributes expertise to the Pacific Regional Invasive Species Management Support Service (PRISMSS), which is hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

DOC expertise includes:

  • providing specialist support, technical assistance, advice, and training on invasive species management
  • implementing priority invasive species management actions
  • developing resources to support invasive species management.

Managing Invasive Species for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific (MISCCAP)

This is a PRISMSS project that enables Pacific Island countries and territories to take stronger action against invasive species, and thereby build resilience to climate change.

Invasive species negatively impact ecosystems and local communities making them more vulnerable to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

MISCCAP is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade  and supports a partnership between SPREP, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research and DOC. 

Examples of DOC’s work under MISCCAP

Biosecurity guidelines for inter-island invasive species prevention in the Pacific.

Feasibility study for landscape-scale rat, cat and pig control on Gau Island, Fiji (working in partnership with Birdlife International Pacific).

Eradication of rats on Palmerston Atoll, Cook Islands (working in partnership with the Cook Islands National Environment Service).

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