Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa


Sub-Programme Title:            Biodiversity
OP#1 – Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems
OP#2 – Coastal, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
OP#3 – Forest Ecosystems

Project Title: Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa

Project Number:         GFL / 2328 – 2711 - 4890
PMS: GF/ 1030 – 05-02

Geographical Scope: Multi-country: Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia. In Uganda, two Pilot sites have been establisahed namely Mbarara Project Site and Masindi Project Site.


  • CABI - Lead Agency
    P.O. Box 633-00621,
    Nairobi, Kenya.
    Tel: +254 2 7224450 Fax: +254 2 7122150

    • World Conservation Union (IUCN) – Assisting Agency
    • National Executing Agencies:
      Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization, Ethiopia
      Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana
      National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda
      Environmental Council of Zambia, Zambia

      Duration of the Project:          48 months
      Commencing:                December 2005
      Completion:                   November 2009

      Project Summary:

      Invasive alien species (IAS) are second only to habitat destruction as a cause of global biodiversity loss.
      Prevention and mitigation of the effects of IAS is particularly challenging in Africa, impeding sustainable development as well as threatening biodiversity. This project aims to reduce and possibly remove barriers to the management of IAS through effective implementation of CBD Article 8(h) in 4 pilot countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia), using a multisectoral ecosystem approach. In each country an enabling policy environment will be promoted through the establishment of appropriate institutional arrangements to ensure that IAS strategies are mainstreamed; stakeholder awareness of IAS issues will be raised and access to necessary information provided; prevention and control programmes will be established, including ecosystem management at pilot sites where IAS threaten biodiversity; capacity for sustainable IAS management will be built. Lessons learned will be disseminated for replication in other countries in Africa. Click to view the detailed Project Document