Wisemen Chingombe

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Critical considerations in Acacia mearnsii eradication: A case from South Africa

Geoffrey Mukwada, Wisemen Chingombe, Phillip Taru

Geographia Polonica (2016) vol. 89, iss. 3, pp. 271-286 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0058 http://rcin.org.pl/igipz/Content/59016/WA51_78771_r2016-t89-no3_G-Polonica-Mukwada.pdf

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Abstract:

Despite the huge investment that has been made in attempts to control Acacia mearnsii there is little evidence to show that the spread of this species is receding. In South Africa Acacia mearnsii is regarded as one of the most problematic invasive species in wildlife conservation areas, where it is threatening ecosystem health. This paper examines the distribution of Acacia mearnsii in an area that is adjacent to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in South Africa. The results of the study indicate that the park is under threat from invasion by the species. This paper recommends the adoption of an integrated approach in which economic, social and environmental assessments are factored into eradication programmes.

Keywords: conservation, eco-agricultural landscapes, ecosystem goods and services, integrated control, invasive alien species, poverty

Geoffrey Mukwada, University of the Free State Department of Geography Private Bag X13, 9866 Phuthaditjhaba: South Africa
Wisemen Chingombe, University of the Free State Department of Geography Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866: South Africa
Phillip Taru, University of the Free State Department of Geography Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866: South Africa