Invasive non-native species and wildlife disease
Invasive non-native species (INNS) and wildlife disease can
have significant impacts on biodiversity and on human society and
its economic interests. INNS are recognised as one of the major
causes of global biodiversity loss in the Millennium
The impact of disease on wildlife populations can be dramatic,
particularly when those populations are small or fragmented.
The impact of disease on domesticated animals and humans can
also be immense.
Both issues share strong similarities and require similar
responses: prevention through policy, surveillance and control.
Invasive Non-Native Species and wildlife disease are growing
problems because of:
- Increasing movement of people around the world.
- Increasing trade in exotic pets and horticulture products.
- Indirect effects of climate change, such as the pressure to use
biofuels and the use of non-native species for rapid growing
- Global biodiversity loss, which increases the opportunity for
establishment and spread of non-native species.