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Provides links to resources in Africa with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

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Plans for Strategic Action to Tackle Invasive Species in Africa Advance (Mar 6, 2018)
CAB International.
Plans towards developing a comprehensive strategy that will enable Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to deal more proactively and effectively with invasive species have advanced significantly. This milestone has been achieved through a recently concluded workshop co-organised by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and CABI, with support from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

Why Africa Needs Adequate Plant Surveillance (Aug 23, 2016)
To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance, writes Mustafa O. Jibrin. Recently, a tomato insect pest, Tuta absoluta, swept across Nigeria, devastating tomato fields and leading to immeasurable financial losses and emotional trauma. T. absoluta originated from the Andean region in South America. The invasive nature of T. absoluta and its resistance to conventional insecticides make it difficult to control. If not handled properly, the effect of this pest could hold the continent's agriculture hostage.

CABI Declares War on Invasive Aliens (Aug 4, 2016)
CAB International.
At its triennial Review Conference of Member Countries in Egham, UK, on 26-27 July, CABI launched a major new initiative to protect vulnerable rural communities in the fight against invasive alien species. Building on its 100-year track record in invasive species management, CABI will deliver a unique global programme to support 50 million vulnerable African and Asian farming families impacted by species that are out of control and threatening their livelihoods. This will link with, and build upon, the highly successful CABI-led Plantwise programme, which has already reached nearly 5 million farmers in 34 countries.

Council or Task Force

Plant Protection Research
South Africa Agricultural Research Council.


Invasive Species Impacts in Africa
CAB International.

Invasive Alien Plants and Their Management in Africa (2013; PDF | 7.75 MB)
CABI Africa.

Invasive Plants Keys and Fact Sheets
East African Network for Taxonomy.

Africa Invaded: The Growing Danger of Invasive Alien Species (2004; PDF | 14.21 MB)
Global Invasive Species Programme.
See also: GISP Publications and Reports for additional reports for Africa

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion
Invasive Species South Africa.

Framework for Monitoring Invasive Tree Species in Ghana (2003)
United Kingdom Government. Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs. Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species.
The purpose of the project was to develop a framework for monitoring the impacts of invasive tree species on biodiversity in rural communities of Ghana (Project No. 162/9/019; 2000-2003).
Submitted by: Centre for Natural Resources and Development, NatureBureau International; Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford; Forestry Research Institute of Ghana; Ghana Organic Agriculture Network; Suntaa-Nuntaa Agroforestry

Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA)
UN. Food and Agriculture Organization.
FISNA was created in 2004 to coordinate the collation and dissemination of information relating to forest invasive species in sub-Saharan Africa for sustainable forest management and conservation of biodiversity.

Biosecurity in Forestry: A Case Study on the Status of Invasive Forest Tree Species in Southern Africa (Mar 2003)
UN. FAO. Forestry Department.
The FAO Forestry Department Working Papers report on issues and activities related to the conservation, sustainable use and management of forest resources. The purpose of these papers is to provide early information on on-going activities and programmes, and to stimulate discussion. This paper is one of a series of FAO documents on forestry-related biosecurity issues.

International Government

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS).
KEPHIS is the government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health. Strategic objectives include protect plants from pests, weeds and invasive species.

Working for Water Programme
Republic of South Africa. Water Affairs Department.
The fight against invasive alien plants is spearheaded by the Working for Water (WfW) programme, launched in 1995 and administered through the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

Invasive Species Programme
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
The Invasive Species Programme (ISP) aims to detect invasive species; assess the risk these species pose to South Africa and attempt eradication of high risk species with limited distribution.

Swaziland's Alien Plants Database
Swaziland National Trust Commission.

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