About Us

PII is a leading provider of technical support and capacity development for invasive species management in the Pacific Region. Whether you are a small community group, an NGO or a government agency, PII can provide the support you require to make your invasive species project a success.

PII is based in Auckland, New Zealand. We work closely with experts from around the world from organisation such as: BirdLife International, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, New Zealand Department of Conservation (NZDOC), Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua (Landcare), Island Conservation (IC), Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), Auckland Council, The University of Auckland (UoA) and University of The South Pacific (USP).

Our Vision

The natural heritage and peoples of Pacific Island Countries and Territories are protected from the threats of invasive species by Pacific people.

Our Mission

To strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island Countries and Territories to effectively manage invasive species threats.

Our Values   

When working for, or through PII all staff and consultants will be accountable for, and be conscious of, the following:
  • We facilitate the development of long-term capacity for invasive species management, but it is the people, organisations and agencies we work with who are responsible for their own projects and processes
  • We aim to form long-term relationships based on trust and mutual respect
  • We respect the people and cultures of the Pacific Island Countries and Territories
  • We aim to empower partners’ confidence and encourage self-reliance
  • Our approach to invasive species management is based on established best practice
  • We will do no harm to people or the environment
  • We value mutual learning and understanding
  • We reflect on our own practice and learn from it
  • Our work is aligned with the Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific and national priorities
  • We are responsive, flexible and adaptable 

Strategic Focus      

Six strategies will guide PII’s work towards achieving its mission:
  1. Development of Pacific capacity for managing invasive species
  2. Provision of practical training in invasive species management
  3. Provision of invasive species management best practice tools
  4. Provision of technical support and advice for invasive species management
  5. Development and strengthening of linkages and networks
  6. Strengthen PII as a centre of excellence for invasive species capacity development  
PII Strategic Plan 2010-2015 and Capacity Development Strategy June 2009


The Cooperative Initiative on Invasive Alien Species on Islands (CII) was launched by the New Zealand Government and the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the CBD’s 6th Conference of the Parties. CII was then endorsed as a Type II Partnership at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

The creation of CII was in direct response to a proposal from Small Island Developing States and Countries with Islands (including the Pacific) calling for increased cooperation and coordination on invasive species management on islands. CII was established with seed funding from the New Zealand Government and the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust based in New Zealand.

PII was established as the first regional programme of the CII in 2004 and was the first formal invasive species partnership in the Pacific. Based at The University of Auckland, PII is a multi-disciplinary team of invasive species specialists. It works extensively with Pacific agencies and leverages expertise from universities, government agencies, such as the New Zealand Department of Conservation (NZDOC) and Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) Biosecurity and commercial companies in New Zealand as well as assistance from members of the Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP).

PII was actively involved in the development of the Pacific Ant Prevention Programme (PAPP), Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) and PIP. PIP is the lead group responsible for coordinating, developing and tracking regional efforts to help advance invasive species management in Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

To date, PII has received strong support from the New Zealand Government’s International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID), The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). PII believes that its work is relevant to many sectors and donors and is confident that it will continue to attract interest which will result in continued support.

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