Invasive species are a major driver of biodiversity loss, especially on islands. Over the past decade, conservation practitioners have innovated a suite of techniques to safely and humanely remove invasive mammals from islands. These eradication techniques are a powerful tool to prevent extinctions and restore islands ecosystems. Now, we must use them as cost-effectively as possible to maximize impact. Josh Donlan and colleagues from Island Conservation and elsewhere describe a means to doing so. In the journal Biological Invasions, they report on past costs and lay out a framework for reporting future costs of eradication programs. Using the proposed standards to report project costs will improve the ability to evaluate and predict the cost of removing invasive animals from islands to protect native insular biodiversity.
Check out the paper Reporting Costs for Invasive Vertebrate Eradications here.