The Cape Peninsula Early Detection, Rapid Response Programme (EDRR)

Ulrike Irlich - Invasive Species Management, Environmental Resource Management, Westlake Conservation Office

Preventing the introduction of invasive species is the first line of defence against invasions. However, even the best prevention efforts will not stop all invasive species being introduced.

The Cape Peninsula EDRR Programme was initiated in 2008 and is a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Natural Resource Management Programmes (NRMP) with the aim of targeting emerging invasive species.

The Programme now targets 16 plant species in the Cape Peninsula and is expanding to include two wasp species as well as one bird species.

The programme raises awareness among the residents of Cape Town and engages volunteers through the spotter network.

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