The South African National Biodiversity Institute has formally launched the process to develop the first National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa.. This report has to be produced by October 2017, as required by regulations under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEM:BA, Act 10 of 2004).

The SANBI has partnered with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) at Stellenboosch University to compile this report. The team will rely heavily on inputs from experts from around the country to compile this comprehensive report.

The report will be structured around four aspects, namely (1) pathways of introduction and spread; (2) the status, distribution and impacts of individual alien species; (3) the degree to which areas are invaded, and impacted upon, by alien species: (4) the effectiveness of current control operations and regulatory interventions.  In order to compile as comprehensive a report as possible, the SANBI-CIB team will have to rely heavily on inputs from experts around the country.  The official launch of the process to develop the report took place at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens during the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs (PCEA) oversight visit to SANBI.

SANBI board members, Department of Environmental affairs delegates and the Portfolio of Environmental affairs members at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Present were members of the SANBI board including the Board chairperson Ms. Nana Mogomola the SANBI CEO Dr Tanya Abrahamse.

The SANBI-CIB team (picture 1) presented briefly on the process and structure of the report and undertook to deliver this report in time as required by the Regulations.

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