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19 August 2021 | dataset

Report to the Government of Niue and the United Nations Development Programme: Invasive Plant species on Niue following Cyclone Heta

On January 6, 2004, the full force of Cyclone Heta, a category 5 cyclone, hit the island of Niue. In addition to the loss of life and property, serious damage was done to the forests and
other ecosystems of the island, particularly on the north and west sides. If not blown over, most trees and other large vegetation were stripped of leaves and branches and subjected to
salt spray. This sort of disturbance provides an opportunity for new invasive species to become established and for many species already present to flourish. Following the cyclone, personnel from the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Zealand and other countries visited the island to provide aid and assistance, and equipment and material were brought in
to aid m the recovery. Although quarantine procedures were maintained there is always the possibility of inadvertently introducing new plant species during an emergency such as this.
During the cleanup process nibble was moved and dumped in new areas, transferring invasive species to new locations.

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Physical Description: 76 p.

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Publisher Pacific Institute of Forestry
Modified 15 February 2022
Release Date 19 August 2021
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Identifier VL-34284
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location SPREP LIBRARY
Relevant Countries
License Public
[Open Data]
Author Space, James C. et al.
Contact Name SPREP Records and Archives Officer
Contact Email [email protected]