NEMBA ALIENS

NEMBA ALIENS - Southern Africa : Alien species in southern Africa that require control are legislated under NEMBA (National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act no. 10 of 2004)), which is replacing CARA (Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (Act No 43 of 1983)). Examp

Alien species in southern Africa that require control are legislated under NEMBA (National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act no. 10 of 2004)), which is replacing CARA (Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (Act No 43 of 1983)).
Examples of plants in the various NEMBA categories and how they should be controlled are highlighted here.

Note: No land may be sold without their aliens being controlled, and any land with aliens must have the cost of alien control explained to prospective buyers.

NEMBA Cat 1a:
These species are controlled under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 Category 1a.
Category 1a invasive species may not be owned, imported into South Africa, grown, moved, sold, given as a gift or dumped in a waterway.
Category 1a species need to be controlled on your property, and officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs must be allowed access to monitor or assist with control.

NEMBA Cat 1bThese species are controlled under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 Category 1b.
Category 1b are invasive species that may not be owned, imported into South Africa, grown, moved, sold, given as a gift or dumped in a waterway.
Category 1b species are major invaders that may need government assistance to remove. All Category 1b species must be contained.

NEMBA Cat 2 These species are controlled under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 Category 2.
Category 2 invasive species may only be grown or kept within a demarcated area under a permit, which is granted under very few circumstances: this is primarily for commercial species.

NEMBA Cat 3These species are controlled under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 Category 3.
Category 3 invasive species may not be owned, imported into South Africa, grown, moved, sold, given as a gift or dumped in a waterway.
Category 3 species may be allowed to remain in your garden. However, you cannot propagate or sell these species and must control them within your garden, and prevent their spread beyond.
In riparian zones or wetlands Category 3 species are Category 1b.

15 Apr 2016
Tony Rebelo