Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa
This is a four-year project mandated to reduce and possibly remove barriers to the management of Invasive Alien Species using a multisectoral ecosystem approach. Besides Uganda, it is implemented in three other African countries. The Project, through previous studies, has initially zeroed on three invasive plant species, namely: senna spectabilis, found in Budongo Forest Reserve and cymbopogon nardus and water hyacinth on Lake Mburo.
Some of the questions that this project addresses are:
What happens when a species is introduced into an ecosystem, where it does not occur naturally? Are eco-systems flexible and able to cope with change, or can a new arrival have far-reaching repercussions and do permanent damage? Will some-thing special be lost forever? Does it matter in the socio-economic sense?