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