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Oceania

A vast area spreading from the west coast of mainland America to the Antipodes, Oceania is perhaps best known for its many tropical island paradises including those such as Hawaii, Tahiti and Tonga.  There are tens of thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and a huge range of animals and plants found nowhere else in the world (which scientists call ‘endemism’)

Urbanisation, climate change and changing land use are all problems to be faced, but perhaps the greatest threat to endemism comes from the introduction – accidental or deliberate – of plants and animals from other parts of the world that then out-compete the local wildlife for space and food and driving them to extinction.

The control of invasive species is difficult and demanding work.  Check out the latest update on our work in French Polynesia.