Working for Water ...what is it?.
This programme will sustainably control invading alien species, to optimise the potential use of natural resources, through the process of economic empowerment and transformation. In doing this, the programme will leave a legacy of social equity and legislative, institutional and technical capacity.
KEY STATISTICS:750 tree species and 8 000 herbaceous species introduced into South Africa1 000 introduced species are naturalised, 200 are invasive84 species introduced from South and Central America14 from North America30 from Australia29 from Europe36 from Asia45% of species from Australia have become important pests
Invading alien plants are spreading across virtually the entire country.
Any control programme for alien vegetation must include the following 3 phases:
Where trees cannot be utilised (on steep slopes), do not fell trees, control them in situ.
Rooikrantz together with Port Jackson willow is one of Cape Town’s main invading plants. Imported from Australia, Rooikrans, also known as red eye or by its scientific name Acacia cyclops, is easily identifiable with its twisted brown seed pods, containing seeds resembling the single eye of the cyclops
Port Jackson willow is one of Cape Town’s main invading plants. Imported from Australia, Port Jackson willow is characterised by conspicuous yellow flowers in spring. A rust fungus has been introduced to control it.
A variety of species of Pine are invasive in South Africa and they come mostly from Mediterranean Europe and North America.
Pines usually invade the mountain areas, but surprisingly even if heavily an area is heavily invaded and gets cleared natural Fynbos is fairly easily restored.
Hakea species are a species belonging to the Proteaceae and come from Australia. They are particularly invasive in Mountain Fynbos areas and were one of the first Invasive Alien Species to be investigated for biological control which was successful.
Working for Water also works closely with South Africa National Parks to eradicate invasive species from Protected Areas
Working for Water also works closely with other Campaigns and Projects such as
UKUVUKA and Global Invasive Species Programme