Target 9

Target 9: By 2022, invasive species that are alien to Swaziland, and their pathways, are identified and prioritized; priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures are put in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.

Current status:The extent of infestation by Alien Invasive Species (AIS) has been reported at 80% of country to varying intensities including areas that have low infestations of a few alien invasive plant species. Out of the 1 731 568 ha studied in the country, 1 385 337 ha was found to be invaded by at least one of the recorded AIS.


Extent of alien invasive infestation in Swaziland

On-going initiatives: The Government of Swaziland declared Invasive Alien Plant Species (IAPS) a national disaster in In 2005/2006. This was followed by formulation and implementation of a Capital Project to control and manage invasive plant species. An estimated total area of 15 000ha was cleared within Swazi Nation Land (SNL) and over 4 000ha within protected areas.

Strategic Initiative1: Minimize negative impacts caused by Invasive Alien Species (IAS) to the country’s biodiversity.

Strategic Initiative 2: Stabilize the current level of IAS infestation.