Date: 5th August 2014
4 August 2014 – The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has published the amended regulations on Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act on Friday, 1 August 2014.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs Mrs Edna Molewa revealed that the Department has budgeted R200 million over the next three years to build up its capacity to regulate invasive alien species. This is in addition to R4.2 billion budget to control these species through the internationally renowned Working for Water Programme over the same period. “The costs of controlling invasive alien species are very high. We need to prioritize our efforts to secure the greatest returns on investment. An obvious example would be the pine trees from Europe, Asia and North America that are invading our mountain catchments, and could have unaffordable consequences for water security, as they use far more water than the indigenous plants they displace,” said Minister Molewa.
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