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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Environmental Programmes

In order to tackle our country’s socio-economic challenges, the government adopted the Outcomes based approach to improve government performance and providing focus on service delivery. find out more

The Durban Invasives Website: tracking and control of selected invasive alien plants, in an urban context

The Durban Invasives Website: tracking and control of selected invasive alien plants, in an urban context
Errol DOUWES1,2, Reshnee Lalla3, Carla Petersen1, Bheka Nxele1
1Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality, 166 K.E Masinga Road, Durban, 4001
2School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Scottsville 3209, South Africa
3Invasive Species Programme, South African National Biodiversity Institute, 7 Linden Road, Berea, Durban, 4007

Early detection and control of invasive alien plant (IAP) infestations, is a strategic approach that can ensure optimal results over the long term, even with relatively small budgets. In 2013, several organisations operating within the broader Durban area, including the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust, Kloof Conservancy, and eThekwini Municipality initiated a website-based Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Project. This Durban Invasives website (www.durbaninvasives.org.za) project has allowed for the reporting of selected IAP species, as are featured on the website’s target list. The partner organisations all use data from the website to guide simultaneous targeted IAP control efforts, as well as for research and planning purposes. The website, which allows for status updates of target species, is considered a successful platform for sharing field observation data, in real-time.   Website visitors, which can include members of the public, must register as ‘spotters’ should they wish to report a sighting. To date, the five most commonly reported species include: Parthenium hysterophorus, Campuloclinium macrocephalum, Triplaris americana, Furcraea foetida and Lilium formosanum. The website has ensured improved rates of detection, removal and in some instances, extirpation/local eradication of IAPs. Current indications are that the website has also improved coordination activities between the various partner organisations, the benefits of which extend well beyond the control of the listed target species. 

General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…


This is your invitation to South Africa's 2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasions. The convention is hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB), University of Stellenbosch, and the Biolo... Read more

2019 Invasive Species Training


During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa.  ... Read more

Alien Grass Working Group


Who are we? The South African National Alien Grass Working Group was jointly initiated by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in... Read more

Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?


On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species.  Updates to the draft&n... Read more

Invasive species training 2018 dates released


Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released... Read more

Communications post for Africa advertised


The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below:    Job Titl... Read more