A decade of biological control implementation in South Africa: Working for Water

A decade of biological control implementation in South Africa: Working for Water
Debbie Sharp
Department of Environmental Affairs: Natural Resource Management Programmes
14 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8300

Working for Water, a Natural Resource Management programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs has funded the research into biological control agents over the past decade. The biological control implementation programme was initiated in earnest in 2000 when the first implementation staff where employed by the department. In the beginning, the implementers reared, released and monitored the biocontrol agents and sites themselves. The programme has increased over the years and the entire strategy was relooked at to a more sustainable strategy where  research,  mass  rearing,  releases  and  large  scale  monitoring  is  possible.  The  proposed emphasis should be on a ‘cradle to grave’ strategy where the research and implementation of a biocontrol agent is seen to function as a unit and not as separate entities. Research goals should be fed back into implementation and feedback on corrective actions taken must be given. Research priorities should be identified with implementation input and monitoring programmes identified for established agents.