Invasive Alien Plant InfestationEnvironmental
Gauteng, South Africa
Investigation on the Nature and Extent of Invasive Alien Plant Infestation
Alien Invasive Plant (AIP) species are described as species that expand into regions outside their natural distribution. This is currently threatening the terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity globally and is considered the second largest threat to biodiversity, after direct habitat destruction. There are many associated impacts due to invasion such as genetic contamination, altered population dynamics, and modified community structure and ecosystem processes (DEA, 2015). As per NEM:BA, GCS was requested that a complete survey be carried out on sites in order to survey, document and report on all AIP species infestations, and include recommendations on how to monitor, control and / or remove invasive alien plants so as to comply with legislation going forward.