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In September 2014, 10 years after its inception, the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) held its first Partners Conference in Stellenbosch to celebrate the success of its current partnerships and to explore new areas of collaboration.

Hundreds of magnificent eco-desks were handed over by President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs. Edna Molewa to schools in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape during the launch of the third phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme. 

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. 

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