In 2017, FFI biologists teamed up with UNDP and the Environmental Awareness Group from Antigua to conduct an inventory of the biodiversity and conservation issues of all existing and proposed terrestrial protected areas in St Kitts and Nevis. The inventory documented many new country records of plants and animals, but also confirmed that native species and local communities alike are suffering very badly from the impacts of non-native species, especially green vervet monkeys, mongooses, rats and feral livestock. Even in forests that appear intact at first glance, many species of native plants and animals could not be found. Only the roughly one-hectare Booby Island has remained unscathed. The survey findings are now being communicated to the public and used to inform and guide conservation management priorities in St Kitts and Nevis.
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Habitat loss poses arguably the greatest threat to the world’s biodiversity, with human activity inflicting unprecedented changes on the natural habitats on which wildlife depends.