The Regional Biosecurity Plan for Micronesia and Hawaii
The Brown Tree Snake is an invasive snake present on Guam, the "hub" port" of the western Pacific.  It threatens the entire region.

images top -, bottom - Florida State University)
The small asian mongoose, present on Hawaii and Okinawa, is a generalist predator of birds and other small vertebrates. It can devastate bird populations on Pacific islands

The Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) is an aggressive and highly invasive ant species.  Currently present on Okinawa, it threatens the entire region.

image: Alison Bockoven
the state of invasive species in the Pacific
The Regional Biosecurity Plan for Micronesia and Hawai‘i (RBP) -
previously known as the MBP (Micronesian Biosecurity Plan) is a regional
strategy that aims to strengthen biosecurity systems for the Islands of Micronesia
in partnership with Hawai‘i as the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) prepares to
deploy additional forces in the region. The U.S. DoD has provided over $3,700,000
of funding for the development of this plan to proactively address terrestrial,
freshwater and marine invasive species risks to Micronesia and Hawai‘i.  

Jurisdictions to be covered by the RBP are: the Federated States of Micronesia, the
Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the U.S. Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. State of Hawai‘i, and the U.S. Territory of
Guam.  This unprecedented effort will help address both invasive species threats
to the U.S. military mission and invasive species concerns raised by the
Micronesian Chief Executives and regional partners.   The development of the RBP
has been a multi-year effort involving local, regional, and global experts and

Implementation of the plan will harmonize and strengthen the quarantine
strategies of each country and minimize risks of spreading invasive species such as
the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, Brown Tree Snake, and Little Fire Ant into and
within the region.  The RBP was endorsed by the Chief Executives of Micronesia at
their Summit meeting (the 20th MCES) in June 2014.  The Chief Executives have
made a firm commitment to seek and mobilize funding for implementation of the
plan, including a commitment by Palau’s President of $1.4 million of Palau’s
country allocation under the Global Environment Facility for invasive species
action.  Similar commitments of resources are expected by the other members of
the RBP, but additional support will be needed from development partners if the
goals of the RBP are to be fully realized.

The RBP is a vital component of the region's overall invasive species strategy.  It
will strengthen the biosecurity capacity of all Pacific nations, helping reduce
threats from a broad range of invasive species such as the Brown Tree Snake,
mongoose, varroa mite, Red Imported Fire Ant and many others.