Control plans for invasive species

Guidelines for the Monitoring, Control and Eradication Plans

Control plans as required by Section 76 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 Of 2004) (NEMBA 2020) for species listed as invasive in terms of Section 70 of this Act.  

WHO NEEDS TO DEVELOP A CONTROL PLAN?    Invasive species control plans are needed by:

  • Any organ of state that manages land - such as a municipality, nature reserve or parastal
  • Any landowner of severely invaded land which receives a directive to control the invasives as part of a citizen's 'duty of care'
  • Any organisations or groups of private land owners that would like to be considered for funding under a Land Users Incentive Scheme

THE LAW:   Under Section 76 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 (NEMBA 2020), all organs of state must have a invasive species control plan in place - as part of their annual development plans. 

An invasive species monitoring, control and eradication plan must include ...  

      • A detailed list and description of any listed invasive species occurring on the relevant land
      • A description of the parts of that land that are infested with such listed invasive species
      • An assessment of the extent of such infestation
      • A status report on the efficacy of previous control and eradication measures
      • The current measures to monitor, control and eradicate such invasive species
      • Measurable indicators of progress and success, and indications of when the control to is be completed

DEVELOPING A CONTROL PLAN:  Do you need assistance on how to develop an invasive species control plan?  A guideline document, written by Dr Ian MacDonald, was released in 2015 to assist custodians and managers of land to embark on a process to document, monitor, control and manage listed invasive species over a period of five or ten years.

Entitled, Guidelines for the Monitoring, Control and Eradication Plans, the guidelines offer details on how to ... 

      • Compile the list of invasive species for the area
      • Describe the parts of the relevant land that are infested with listed invasive species
      • Assess the extent of infestations
      • Report on the efficacy of previous control or eradication measures
      • Implement measures to monitor, control or eradicate listed invasive species
      • Measure progress and success.
      • Work out how long it will take for a control plan to be completed

GUIDELINES PDF.