Invasive Aliens Early Detection and Rapid Response Programme
Invasive alien species pose significant threats to human livelihoods, economic development and biodiversity. These threats are likely to be exacerbated by climate change as environments become less hospitable for indigenous species. Invasive alien species are believed to be the second most significant cause of species loss after habitat destruction and thus their threat to biodiversity needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has a legal mandate to promote the conservation of South Africa's exceptional biodiversity and also to monitor and report on invasive alien species.
Recent invasion events highlight the need for South Africa to have an early detection programme. This motivated the formation of the Early Detection and Rapid Response Programme for Invasive Alien Plants, which is funded by the Natural Resource Management Programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
The Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) programme, with support from a range of stakeholders plans to make a sizeable difference in reducing plant invasions.
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