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Working for Wetlands, Giant reed - May
Japie Buckle, Working For Wetlands
Japie Buckle talks about major problematic invasive species Giant reed (Arundo donax) and Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) which need biocontrol solutions.
Wetlands in Southern and Eastern Cape are mostly associated with high energy river systems that drain the steep catchments in the area. Unsustainable land management practices in these areas often resulted in many degraded catchments and highly impacted and disturbed riparian areas and wetlands which promote the
infestation of invasive alien species.
Several well established and emerging weed species are further contributing to the degradation of riparian areas and wetlands. Giant reed (Arundo donax) is found in various river systems in the South-eastern Cape, Bramble (Rubus sp) in the North- Eastern Cape.
Pampas Grass is found in the Tsitsikamma area, Lantana (Lantana Camara) in the Wild Coast but spreading to the south-western part of the Eastern Cape.
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