Today Tiritiri Matangi, tomorrow the world! Are we aiming too low in invasives control

Eradication of invasive non-indigenous species is often viewed as an impossible goal and an approach historically typified by high-profile failures. However, there have been a surprising number of successful eradications of animals, plants, and even microorganisms. Although the majority of successes have concerned geographically-circumscribed invasions (e.g., on small islands), others have rid substantial continental areas of invaders (e.g., Anopheles gambiae from north-eastern Brazil, or smallpox from the entire Earth). Successful eradications share three features: (1) sufficient economic resources must exist for the project to be completed, (2) clear lines of authority must exist; someone must be in charge and must be able to compel cooperation, and (3) the biology of the target organism must be adequately researched and appropriate.

Author Simberloff, D.
Year 2002
Secondary title International conference on eradication of island invasives
Publisher IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group
Pages 4-12