News updates

A number of multi-stakeholder information forum meetings will be held around the country. The purpose of these forums is to explain the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act – Alien & Invasive Species Regulations which were gazetted on 1 August 2014. On the agenda will be topics on compliance and permitting.
In the latest eNewsletter of the Southern African Plant Invaders Atlas (SAPIA News No 35, January 2015), Lesley Henderson highlights the devastating invasion of torch cactus in the Karoo.   “The Karoo was taken over by the sweet prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) 100 years ago. Is history repeating itself?”, asks Henderson.
A new Invasive Lionfish Webportal has been created to serve as a platform to promote discussions and inquiries regarding invasive lionfish information.   Lionfish (Pterois volitans) pose a significant danger to the entire ocean ecosystem. They are carnivores, feeding on small crustaceans and the young of important commercial fish species such as snapper and grouper.…
In September 2014, 10 years after its inception, the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) held its first Partners Conference in Stellenbosch to celebrate the success of its current partnerships and to explore new areas of collaboration.
Two highly invasive wasp species are expanding their range throughout Cape Town and the Western Cape. The City of Cape Town has therefore ensured that measures are in place to control the spread of these wasps.
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