National Invasive species information tools implemented and reviewed once a year in collaboration with experts in SPREP or Bird Life International. Biosecurity Services audited in collaboration with NZ MPI- Ministry of Prime Industry or Australia DAF-Documentary Border security services improved due to increased skilled staff and appropriate equipment available. Some invasive species may not be manageable due to lack of funding available
UNEP/CBD/COP/13/INF/34 Page 69 Australia Fountation. Activities 1) Community trainings on negative impacts posed by IAS and possible management program. 2) Incorporate IAS Identification, Impact and management information into the school curriculum. 3) Public awareness such as radio and television programs 4) Review and harmonise Biosecurity bill with international standards and government policies on IAS management. 5) Control population of rats in Late, Kao, Tofua, ‘Ata and few small islands in Vava’u and Tongatapu, by 2020 6) Border security – increase no. of staff and x-ray scanner is installed. 7) Biosecurity – Pest Risk Analysis training completed for border service staff 8) Trainings on integrated approach on IAS control using biological control agent and pesticide/herbicide, for Environment officers, Forestry officers and 1. Number of workshops/surveys and community participants. 2. IAS information printed in schools syllabus. 3. No. of radio & TV programs conducted and posters printed 4. Biosecurity Bill and Conservation Bill approved by Cabinet of Tonga. 5. Monitoring records included number of endangered species and ecosystem servicesimproved 6. Information system includes Interception Records of prohibited species. 7. Increased no. of skilled staff for PRA-Pest Risk Assesment process 8. Pest Survey Records and appropriate controls. 1. Publications by SPREP or SPC of workshop reports and surveys records. 2. Inclusion of IAS in school curriculum to be reported to the National IAS Council. 3.In collaboration with SPREP and SPC public awareness materials are produced. 4. New Biosecurity bill and government policies prioritize IAS management. 5. Survey data recorded and updated to National and Regional Information system. 6. Regional organisations such as SPC, SPREP & IUCN are supporting the activities 7. Compliance with IPPC Standards 8. Compliance with available measures, referring to the guidance under the CBD and the IPPC supported by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,Australia; Landcare Research,New Zealand Co-financed with the government from the GEF-PAS Invasive Species Project. Technical Expert and resources available from SPREP and SPC. No budget allocated for Invasive Species by Ministry of Education. Lack of commitment from community due to lack of funding. 4. Legal work is time consuming. 5. High cost of transport and bad weather can delay work.
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