Invasive alien species are plants, animals, pathogens and other organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem, and which may cause economic or environmental harm or adversely affect human health. They are normally introduced from other countries; however, they can also be introduced from certain areas in the same country.
In South Africa, there are hundreds of listed alien invasive species. By far the biggest portion of these are plants, however they also include fish, reptiles, birds, insects and many others.
There are two pieces of legislation that regulates Alien Invasive Species in South Africa. These are the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act 43 of 1983 (CARA) and the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 (NEMBA), particularly the newly promulgated Alien and Invasive Species Regulation to this Act.
This legislation is very complicated and has far-reaching consequences for land-owners in South Africa. It stipulates that every person who owns land must ensure that all Alien Invasive Species on that land are identified and properly managed. This has a significantly impact on the value of land seeing as the cost of management of these species will be for the land owner’s account.
Monteviro-Imvelo can assist with the following:
- NEMBA Permits where applicable
- IS Declaration form filled in by sellers to be handed to the buyer with information regarding alien invaders present on the property
- A copy of the IS Declaration form to be lodged at the compliance officer, Bio Security Unit of the Department of Environmental Affairs
- IS management plan including:
- List of invasives
- Steps on how to control the problem
- Take all required steps to prevent or minimise harm to biodiversity
- Proved a professionally qualified team to assist in the removal and rehabilitation process where needed