Invasive Alien Plants are plants which are imported into an eco-system which is not their natural habitat. They proceed to grow prolifically, threatening the indigenous plant and animal secrecies. They tend to utilise more resources to grow, in particular water.
Billions of rands are lost each year due to damage done by invading alien plants. They are the single biggest threat to plant and animal biodiversity. In South Africa, there are 161 introduced tree and other plant species that have become invasive.
Job creation is an integral part of South Africa's efforts to join the global drive towards sustainable development. Environmental programmes create local job opportunities in the rural areas.