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As of 1 October, 2014, the Department of Environmental Affairs, through the Directorate: Biosecurity, will start processing permit applications and issuing permits for restricted activities pertaining to alien and listed invasive species.

The Council of the European Union has formally adopted regulations on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. The regulations were adopted on 29 September, 2014, at a meeting of the General Affairs Council.

A video for education and awareness purposes has been released by CapeNature, focusing on the recovery of the lower Rondegat River in the Western Cape’s Cederberg region. This comes after the localised eradication of alien smallmouth bass from the river in 2012 and 2013.

Ensuring the health and survival of honeybees across South Africa is the key to the inaugural launch of National Honeybee Foraging Week (22-29 September, 2014) this year. This issue is at the heart of the  nuanced approach towards gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.) taken in the latest NEMBA invasive species legislation. 

Pereskia (Pereskia aculeata) is a highly invasive clambering vine from South America. It is listed as a Category 1b invasive plant under South Africa’s Alien and Invasive Species Regulations. A new biological control agent, the pereskia stem-wilter (Catorhintha schaffneri) has just been released to stem the spread of this destructive weed.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations on Friday 1st August, 2014. A total of 559 alien species are now listed as invasive, in four different categories. A further 560 species are listed as prohibited, and may not be introduced into the country.

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