The Western Cape biodiversity entity, CapeNature, says it has spent nearly 40-million-rand in the…

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The Western Cape biodiversity entity, CapeNature, says it has spent nearly 40-million-rand in the…

The Western Cape biodiversity entity, CapeNature, says it has spent nearly 40-million-rand in the past four years tackling the problem of alien vegetation infestations. It says invasive species have a detrimental impact on water catchment areas. Spokesperson for the Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department, James-Brent Styan, says the clearing of alien vegetation yields greater water security and environmental sustainability. He says, “We’ve spent about 40 million on alien clearing over the past four years. That’s what CapeNature has spent. Of course, it’s not as much as we’d like to spend. It’s a very expensive process, it’s an ongoing process. Once you’ve cleared an area of alien vegetation, you need to keep managing it, keep monitoring it, because the neighbouring encroachments throws seeds back into the area you’ve cleared, but it’s something we believe is important and we will certainly keep doing it.” (Pic: Cape Nature: Alien invasive species clearing in key water catchment areas of the province.)











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