Invasive Species Forums are back! Now is the time to register for a stakeholder engagement near you!
Are you interested in:
– Invasive species legislation – biosecurity compliance
– Updates on the latest projects involving invasive species
– Updates on the spread of invasive shot hole borer
– Control plans for private landowners and organs of state
– Directives for landowners – private, community, parastatal and state
– Updated information about permits for Category 2 species
– Don’t move (infested) firewood campaigns planned for winter
The Biosecurity Compliance Advocacy Unit of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has set up a full day stakeholder engagement programme for the public during 2022.
Update your skills in the invasive species sector and spend a day at an Invasive Species Forum in your area.
SAVE THE DATES and REGISTER NOW:
Invasive Species Forums are planned across the country on these dates
- January 19 – Stellenbosch
- February 16 – George
- March 16 – Kimberley
- April 6 – Cape Town
- April 20 – Gqeberha
- May 18 – Bloemfontein
- June 7 – Durban
- June 15 – Johannesburg
- July 6 – Mbombela
Times for all venues: 09h30 – 15h30
How will the forums work?
– Entrance is free
– All forums will be open to the public
– Venues will be physical meetings
– All Covid protocols will be observed at venues
– Online registration is essential for catering purposes
– Lunch vouchers will ONLY be issued to registered attendees
– To register, fill in the online form below
Who would benefit from attending?
– National government, provincial or municipal managers of parks, zoos, prisons, wetlands, rivers, dams and protected areas (nature reserves).
– Arborists, horticulturists, growers, landscaper contractors and landscape architects
– Representatives from conservancies and conservationists
– Managers of housing estates and large resort venues
– Landowners ranging from agricultural farmers and foresters to urban gardeners
– Anyone with an environmental interest in managing invasive flora and fauna.
Wish to be involved in your local forum? Need a speaking spot? Contact Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
• DUTY OF CARE FOR LANDOWNERS: Invasive species are defined as a liability under NEMBA. Any person who owns land in South Africa now has a ‘legal duty of care’ to control the invasive species on their land.
• CONTROL PLANS: Under the NEMBA AIS Regulations, all organs of state, including municipalities, metros, parastatals (Eskom, Transnet, SANRAL), protected areas (SANParks, all Nature Reserves), military bases, ministry’s, provinces and all state educational facilities – are required to submit control plans, which outline how they will deal with the invasive species on land under their control to the Competent Authority, Department of Environmental Affairs.
Control plans are needed by private landowners applying for assistance through the Land Incentive Scheme (DFFE), undertaking their national duty of care to remove invasives or removing invasions of invasive species on their land following the issuing of a directive – also require control plans. Recieve an introduction to control plans at these Invasive Species Forums.
• PUBLIC – PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Controlling invasive species in your area will never be achieved without the development of partnerships. Municipal officials and Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs) – also known as the Green Scorpions – need a list of very specific information to prepare paperwork for the issuing of directives to landowners to control invasives flourishing on their land. Learn what is needed under the NEMBA AIS Regulations to assist your municipality, province or local protected areas.
• INVASIVE SHOT HOLE BORER: Trees on urban pavements and in local parks belong to municipal authorities. Even if they are infested with the invasive shot hole borer, private citizens may not remove, damage or control an invasive species infestation on public land.
Attend an Invasive Species Forum to:
- Learn how biosecurity compliance processes work
- Discover how, when and where to report on trees infested with invasive shot hole borer on public land
- Find out the ‘detailed information’ needed to assist and facilitate progress in removing infested trees on public land in urban forests
- Discover what can legally be done to manage shot hole borer infestations on private property
- Learn about the management matrix for shot hole borer used in California – which is being developed in South Africa