Natural Resource Management
The Department of Environmental Affairs, through its Natural Resource Management (NRM) unit, is in the process of removing alien invasive species, focusing on catchment areas, with the aim being to improve stream flow. The activity involves the removal of alien plants and alien vegetation by either cutting or poisoning those plants, depending on the variety of the alien species.
ASPIRE was contracted by the DEA to implement this project in various parts of the Amathole District Municipality.
It was agreed that ASPIRE would be cleaning and clearing the allocated areas of alien invasive plants and trees; mainly black wattle, lantana and bugweed. The project was implemented at Diya, Ngqamakhwe, Shixini and Willowvale. The initiative also aimed at creating much needed jobs whilst also empowering the local communities in various skills. This initiative is also aligned to the ASPIRE strategy as it focuses on the most vulnerable groups (i.e. youth, women and people with disabilities) whilst it also focus on the restoration of natural resources.
Twenty five contractors and 317 beneficiaries were employed during the implementation of the project.