The purpose of this document is to assist anyone planning and programming the management of invasive species on islands, with the aim of reducing the negative impacts of invasives on islands’ rich and fragile natural heritage, communities and livelihoods.

These Guidelines deal with invasive plants, animals, disease agents and other organisms, in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, and their impacts on the environment, biodiversity, ecosystem services, human health, economies and society. All of the main thematic areas and their objectives are required for comprehensive management of the invasive species threat. These Guidelines reflect and are compatible with relevant international conventions and standards (see
Resources p. 38), and are intended to assist planners and practitioners to meet accepted standards and best practice.