Invasive Species Control Plan Guidelines released.
Do you manage a municipality, nature reserve or farm? Do you need assistance on how to develop an invasive species control plan for the area under your control. On 1 October, 2015, the Biosecurity Unit, Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs released a guideline document which will assist custodians and managers of land to embark on a process to document, monitor, control and manage invasive species.
The document is entitled, “Guidelines for the Monitoring, Control and Eradication Plans for Listed Invasive Species by Management Authorities of Protected Areas and Organs of State”.
The guidelines have been prepared as part of the legislative requirements of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA) – Alien and Invasive Species Regulations which became law on 1 October, 2014.
It is hoped that in time, actual Control Plans for specific Protected Areas and Organs of State (eg. Municipalities) will also be developed to give Management Authorities practical examples of what is expected.
Although the guidelines have been based on international best practice, any inputs to our South African guidelines are welcomed by the Biosecurity Department, as this will certainly be a process to find what really works and what is practicable.
Any comments on the guidelines can be sent:- By Hand Delivery to: The Compliancy Officer, Biosecurity Services, Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, 1st Floor, 14 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8000.
– By Post: The Compliancy Officer, Biosecurity Services, Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town, 8000.
– By Fax: 086 604 4080.
– By Email: AIScompliance@environment.gov.za
Download the guidelines
The “Guidelines for the Monitoring, Control and Eradication Plans for Listed Invasive Species by Management Authorities of Protected Areas and Organs of State” can be downloaded from two websites:
* Department of Environmental Affairs – Click here.
* Invasive Species South Africa – Click here for pdf version – Click here for document version