Vertebrate species aren’t the only species on the Galápagos threatened by invasive invaders, plant species are also vulnerable to damaging non-native species. There are around 750 invasive plant species on the islands, with 90% intentionally brought by people for agricultural or ornamental purposes (Galapagos Conservancy 2016).
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...tinction in some extreme cases. The issue that conservationists face when it comes to dealing with invasive species, is that one method doesn’t solve the issue for all the species. If the management of invasive species is to be successful, each separate species needs a separate management plan; whether it be as straightforward as the complete eradication or as complex as introducing other species as a biological control of the non-native species. Although what method is best used for an invasive species isn’t always clear, what is clear is that every action we have as humans has a reaction in our natural habitats and ecosystems. The issue of invasive species isn’t going to be solved overnight, but it is also important that places like the Galápagos work on preventing any further invasive species reaching their islands, so no further damage is caused by these species.
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