Invasive alien plant impacts on ecosystem in the City of Cape Town

Clare A. Giovanelli- Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University

South Africa is following the global trend of urbanisation. This increases the need for planning and service provision within ever expanding cities.

Ecosystem play a large role in the provision of services for human health and wellbeing.

Ecosystem services include supporting functions (e.g. nutrient cycling and pollination to maintain biodiversity) which form the basis of all other services such as provisioning, regulating and cultural.

One of the largest drivers of the ecosystem degradation and changes is caused by invasive alien plants which alter ecosystem functions, transform habits and decrease biodiversity.

The aim of this this study is to determine the impacts of invasive alien plants on ecosystem services in the City of Cape Town and investigate the associated socio economic impacts.

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