Parliament is considering the 2015 National Environmental Laws Amendment Bill (to access it click here). In amongst the proposed changes are amendments to NEMBA. These are a contradictory attempt by DEA to water down the peremptory obligation to eradicate species declared invasive. DEA fails to both apply the correct legal interpretation of “invasive” nor to recognise the huge burden this places on organs of state and citizens. TSA and FOSAF have made representations, which amongst other things, argue that this contradiction highlights the impractical and unworkable nature of the unnecessarily listing 550 plus species as invasive.
To read FOSAF and TroutSA’s letter click here
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