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29 Invasive Species and the Working for Water Programme in South Africa

By Venter, Jan Hendrik

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Title: 29 Invasive Species and the Working for Water Programme in South Africa  
Author: Venter, Jan Hendrik
Language: English
Subject: United Nations., Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO agriculture series, Agriculture
Collections: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Collection
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Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Digitizer: Fao


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Abstract: Some 750 tree species and 8 000 herbaceous species have been introduced into South Africa. Of these, 1 000 have become naturalized and 200 species have become invasive. The Working for Water project is an interdepartmental initiative that was instigated by South Africa?s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 1995 to combat invading alien plants and to create employment. The Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs and Tourism are integrated in the programme. The national plant protection organization forms part of the programme with regard to the importation of plants and plant products as well as the introduction and release of biological control organisms. Legislation to categorize weed and invasive species prepared by the Directorate Land Use and Soil Management resulted in regulations that are understandable by the general public. Huge success has been achieved in combating Australian Acacia spp. through an integrated approach using mechanical and chemical methods as well as biological control agents. Research forms an important part of the programme. The programme has created more than 40 000 jobs with 300 projects throughout the country. It included and involved several other government departments, organizations and research institutes, achieved several international awards and is successfully removing alien invasive tree species across the country.


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