The ecosystem services concept promised a new paradigm for resource management but uptake has been disappointing slow. This failure to translate the conceptual into practical application has transpired because the literature confuses, obscures or simply lacks pathways for doing so.
Invasive cats and rats threaten native species on Christmas Island through predation and indirect changes in ecosystem processes. Management programs have been proposed to eradicate cats and possibly rats. Before an eradication program can commence, however we need to answer a number of key questions. What is the management goal? What are the alternative management strategies? What are the risks and benefits of these management strategies?