Restoring islands through the removal of non-native invasive mammals is a powerful biodiversity conservation tool. Our new study now shows that human communities on islands could benefit from restoration actions, which can potentially reduce or eliminate the burden of diseases transmitted to people by invasive species. Simply put, removal of invasive species can benefit human health in addition to ecological health. Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.
Understanding the burden of neglected diseases on islands will facilitate collaborations and synergies between the conservation and public health sectors, which are increasingly needed to meet future sustainable development goals. Thus, these collaborations can increase the quality of life for hundreds of human communities while also protecting native biodiversity.