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An assessment of climate, weather, and fuel factors influencing a large, destructive wildfire in the Knysna region, South Africa
Background: In June 2017, wildfires burned 15 000 ha around the town of Knysna in the Western Cape, destroying > 800 buildings, > 5000 ha of forest plantations, and claiming the lives of seven people. We examined the ...
Plantation forestry and invasive pines in the Cape Floristic Region : towards conflict resolution
(Academy of Science of South Africa, 2015)
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Confronting the wicked problem of managing biological invasions
The Anthropocene Epoch is characterized by novel and increasingly complex dependencies between the environment and human civilization, with many challenges of biodiversity management emerging as wicked problems. Problems ...
Fire regimes in eastern coastal fynbos : imperatives and thresholds in managing for diversity
(AOSIS Publishing, 2013)
Until recently, fire ecology was poorly understood in the eastern coastal region of the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK), South Africa. Rainfall in the area is aseasonal and temperatures are milder than in the winter-rainfall and ...
Coordinated approaches to rehabilitating a river ecosystem invaded by alien plants and fish
(Academy of Science of South Africa, 2013-11-27)
Large sums have been spent on controlling invasive alien species in South Africa over the past two decades, but documented accounts of successes are almost non-existent. This brief account describes progress with ...
Assessing the effectiveness of invasive alien plant management in a large fynbos protected area
(AOSIS Publishing, 2017)
Background: Concern has been expressed about the effectiveness of invasive alien plant (IAP) control operations carried out by Working for Water (WfW). South African legislation now also requires reporting on the ...
Natural hazards in a changing world : a case for ecosystem-based management
Communities worldwide are increasingly affected by natural hazards such as floods, droughts, wildfires and storm-waves. However, the causes of these increases remain underexplored, often attributed to climate changes or ...
Invasion science for society : a decade of contributions from the Centre for Invasion Biology
(Academy of Science of South Africa, 2014)
Biological invasions are a growing problem worldwide. In 2004, the South African Department of Science and Technology, through the National Research Foundation, established a Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, ...
Assessing the status of biological control as a management tool for suppression of invasive alien plants in South Africa
(AOSIS Publishing, 2017)
Background: Biological control of invasive alien plants (IAPs) using introduced natural enemies contributes significantly to sustained, cost-effective management of natural resources in South Africa. The status of, and ...
An approach to the development of a national strategy for controlling invasive alien plant species : the case of Parthenium hysterophorus in South Africa
(AOSIS Publishing, 2016)
Invasive alien species require co-ordinated strategic management if negative impacts are to be effectively avoided. Here we describe a strategy for the management of Parthenium hysterophorus L. (Asteraceae) in South Africa. ...