Alien Invasive species can be defined as:
Alien invasive species: Plants or animals that are introduced by man, accidentally or intentionally, outside of their natural geographic range into an area where they are not naturally present. They are often introduced as a result of the globalisation of economies, for instance by ships, shipment of wood products infested with insects, or the transport of ornamental plants that then establish themselves into the wild and spread in a manner that modifies ecosystems, habitats or species and is difficult to control.
According to the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEM:BA), Section 75 states that the listed plants (as indicated in the updated NEM:BA Alien and Invasive Species List of 2016), should be controlled and eradicated while causing the least harm to biodiversity and damage to the environment. Additionally, control and management programmes must be implemented to prevent, control or eradicate listed invasive species on a land owners property.
The Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (2014) and the updated NEM:BA Alien and Invasive Species List (2016), categorise problem plant species and define what should be done with them according to the level of threat. The list itself identifies 379 plant species that are legally declared invasive species that have been assigned to one of three categories:
The following three are very common invaders that occur throughout South Africa:
Therefore according to Regulation 3, should Category 1b plants be found the following must be done:
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