Indigena Biosecurity Appointed to Deliver Non-Native Plant Management Project

Media release (28/09/06): The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands appoints Indigena Biosecurity International to deliver a 5 year non-native plant management project

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) are delighted to announce that following a competitive tender process, Indigena Biosecurity International have been appointed deliver GSGSSI Non-Native Plant Management Strategy 2016-2020. This ambitious strategy was developed as part of a Darwin funded project and aims to ensure that 33 out of the islands 41 non-native plant species are eradicated or managed to zero population density by 2020. In order to achieve this the Indigena team will aim to control 10,000 m2 of non-native plants each year. A particular focus will be ensuring the continued success of management of high priority species such as Sagina procumbens and Cardamine glacialis that are being controlled on South Georgia but elsewhere are known to have serious impacts on native ecosystems.

Effective management of non-native species is a high priority for South Georgia and following the success of the recent projects to eradicate reindeer and rodents, the next target group are non-native plants which if left unchecked, could spread beyond the point of control and outcompete native flora. Managing non-native species is also key to delivering GSGSSI’s commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity which was extended to South Georgia in 2015.

Indigena is a New Zealand based company that is a specialist in the field of ecological management with a particular focus on the management of environmental pests. The Managing Director Bradley Myer has been working in the field of ecological restoration and biosecurity for 18 years and recently spent two field seasons on South Georgia leading the operational delivery of the plant survey and herbicide control work which formed the basis for the South Georgia Non-Native Plant Management Strategy 2016-2020. Brad is joined by fellow weed management experts from both New Zealand and the Falkland Islands, together making a strong, multi-disciplinary team with a long-standing commitment to conservation work and capacity building in the region.

As well as managing non-native plants, the Indigena team will be working with GSGSSI to develop a monitoring programme to better understand how effective herbicide treatments are in different habitat types and what impact there may be on other species. This information is vital for on going development and refinement of control techniques ensuring that South Georgia remains at the forefront of developing best practice environmental standards.

Jennifer Lee, Environment Officer for GSGSSI said “I am delighted to be working with Indigena to protect and conserve South Georgia’s unique vegetated landscapes

Bradley Myer, Managing Director Indigena said “South Georgia is a unique and special place. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute to the protection of its indigenous ecosystems

Find out more about Inigena at: http://www.indigena.co.nz

The Non-Native Plant Management Strategy 2016-2020 can be downloaded here.

 

Field workers getting ready to tackle non-native plants

Field workers getting ready to tackle non-native plants.