War Against Alien Invaders

South Africa’s endemic flora and scarce water resources are under threat by alien invaders. Not from extra terrestrials, but emanating from our own terra firma – mostly from Down Under. The big culprits in the arsenal of alien invaders are trees. Specifically the Australian wattles, gum trees, pines, poplars, weeping willows and mesquite. By 2010, these plants had spread over 16% of South Africa’s land area…

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Environmental Rehab Project in Eastern Cape

A long term project to eradicate alien plant species and re-introduce endemic flora is underway at Lalibela Game Reserve, located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape province of South Africa. “This is a very costly and ambitious undertaking but one that will rank among the more important conservation initiatives in the region,” says Lalibela Game Reserve’s Managing Director, Rob Gradwell.

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Journalists Matter in Ecosystem Restoration

Alarmed by widespread environmental degradation, the climate crisis and plummeting biodiversity, governments last year declared 2021–2030 as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UN Decade). The UN Decade is important. It aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. By doing so, it can help to end poverty, combat…

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