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Integrated control methods & collab between different depts
Chandre Rhoda - City of Cape Town
There are three departments responsible for clearing the City of Cape Town’s waterways, vleis and rivers. Aquatic weed management is not their mandate or core function.
Aquatic weed control has always been fragmented, reactive with no long term planning and budget commitments.
The historical lack of cohesive activities and knowledge management, as well as the lack of trained aquatic weed contractors in the city has been resulted in poor quality of work.
Integrated control options include annual removal, mechanical control, herbicide application and the use of biological control agents.
To successful control aquatic weeds in the City of Cape Town we need to use integrated control methods collaborate between departments and pool resources so that can be achieved.