As you may be aware, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in collaboration with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C•I•B) at Stellenbosch University, is currently in the process of compiling South Africa’s first National Status Report on Biological Invasions.
This report has to be produced by the end of October 2017, as required by regulations under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEM:BA, Act 10 of 2004).
The drafting team has developed a set of indicators for use in the status report, and obtained inputs from various sources to assign values to these indicators. This information was used to prepare an early version of the status report for review in May 2017. Further work has subsequently been carried out, and the team has now prepared a penultimate version of the status report for final review.
We would like to provide stakeholders with another opportunity to review the status report before final production. The current draft still requires some work to reconcile certain aspects, but it is complete enough for stakeholders to assess the broad findings and to identify any significant omissions or errors that may occur.
You are invited to provide comments on any part of the report, but we would encourage that stakeholders confine their comments to a section or sections of the report where they have personal interests or professional expertise. A table of contents is included at the start of the draft report for guidance; in addition, each chapter is preceded by a 1 – 2 page summary that can provide a rapid overview of the contents.
We have added a chapter on policy implications, and we plan to produce this as an additional stand-alone document. Both the draft status report, and the stand-alone draft summary for policy-makers, are available for review now.
The documents are available in portable document format (pdf), with page numbers and line numbers. If you wish to provide comments or other inputs, please indicate clearly the page and line numbers to which your comments and/or inputs are directed. All comments and inputs should be sent to Ms Monica Nguta (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) by no later than 17 September 2017. Due to tight deadlines, we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate late submissions.
Please note that we plan to lodge all comments received, and our responses, in a database that will be open to the public. If you do not wish to have your name recorded in this database, please let us know, and your comments will be included anonymously.
We look forward to your participation in this important exercise. If you have any queries relating to the above, please feel free to contact either Prof. Brian van Wilgen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof. John Wilson (email@example.com).
Dr Sebataolo Rahlo, Director: Biological Invasions