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City observes National Invasive Species Week

​Local indigenous plants were planted, and invasive alien plants cleared from the grounds of the Zibambeleni Old Age Home on 8 October in observation of the 2020 National Invasive Species Week which was commemorated from 5 to 9 October.


Invasive alien plants are plant species that have been introduced, either intentionally or unintentionally, to South Africa. As part of efforts to achieve collaborative and effective management of invasive alien plants, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries launched the 2020 National Invasive Species Week (NISW).

To observe NISW, eThekwini Municipality’s Fire and Invasive Species Control (FISC) Programme implemented an outreach campaign at the Zibambeleni Old Age Home in Clermont.

Senior Manager at the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, Errol Douwes said the intention of NISW is to inform the public about invasive species and their negative impacts on natural ecosystems and livelihoods.

“Invasive alien plants are considered one of the biggest threats to biological diversity and the supply of ecosystem services. The outreach initiative at Zibambeleni Old Age Home aimed to create awareness through the clearing of invasive alien plants within the grounds of the old age home which included Lantana, Bugweed, Syringa and Gum trees,” explained Douwes.

The team also planted local indigenous trees, namely Carissa bispinosa and a Eureka lemon tree.

The FISC Programme implements control of invasive alien plants in many threatened grasslands and other priority biodiversity sites within the eThekwini Municipal area.

Protecting natural resources from invasive alien species contributes to saving water, supporting food security, protecting landscapes, restoring and protecting grazing land and also supporting the sustainable use of land.

“To facilitate this learning process, the FISC team distributed invasive alien plants booklets and encouraged participants to learn about these species. All residents share responsibility for control of invasive species in our local areas,” said Douwes.

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