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Title: SANBI's Invasive Species Programme: Taking the NEMBA regulations forward
Authors: Ivey (SANBI), Philip
Kumschick (SANBI), Sabrina
Nänni (SANBI), Ingrid
Manyama (SANBI), Phetole
Wilson (SANBI), John
Marsh (SANBI), Alex
Keywords: Biodiversity
Invasive species
Biodiversity Act
Risk Assessment
Data Management
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2015
Publisher: SANBI
Series/Report no.: Biodiversity Planning Forum;
Abstract: South Africa’s rich biodiversity and ecological infrastructure are threatened by invasive species. To address this threat and ensure compliance with the Biodiversity Act and the new invasive species regulations, SANBI’s Invasive Species Programme works with stakeholders in three key areas: 1) risk assessment; 2) development and implementation of management strategies for particular taxa; and 3) assistance with the development of management plans. SANBI and partners collect and collate data for risk assessments that ensure scientifically robust decisions. A large part of SANBI’s mandate is to detect new invasions, evaluate their risk and plan for eradication or management of the species. The Act requires that the minister ensure coordination of management programmes for invasive species. We are developing management strategies for all eradication targets and are involved with the development of strategies for other species. All organs of state are required to prepare invasive species monitoring, control and eradication plans for land under their control. We are working with SANBI botanical gardens to develop their plans and are contributing to the dialogue around this with other organs of state. It is still not clear which entity will assist municipalities, but guidelines for management plans are being developed to simplify this task.
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