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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

Communicating invasives in a digital era

Communicating invasives in a digital era
Kay Montgomery
Nurseries and Pet Trade Partnership, Environmental Programmes

Invasive alien species (IAS) are considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be the second greatest threat to biodiversity on Earth, after climate change. Scientists have battled invasives for a century, governments have employed a range of strategies to control invasives for two decades and conservationists have been flagging the issue as environmentally critical for years. It is now time to take the issue of invasives to the people.

Environmental Programmes  is  a  pioneering  leader  in  the  field  of  communicating the  issue  of invasives in  South Africa. This  presentation surveys the  communication strategies used internationally over the past decade, explores the range of communication channels open to scientists and professionals working with invasives in South Africa and proposes an exciting new campaign for promoting the issue of invasive species to the public this summer. If you would like people across the world to better understand your work in the field of invasive species in South Africa, this presentation will give you a step-by-step guide on what to do…

Kay Montgomery has a Masters in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand and has spent two decades working in the South African media. She has worked on various communication and stakeholder projects for Working for Water, Working on Fire and Working for Wetlands - now Environmental Programmes – since 1999.

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