Helping the environment by removing alien invasive trees in riparian zones

According to the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, 1983 (Act No 43 of 1983) certain species of trees need to be removed as they are not indigenous to South Africa. Africa Biomass Company assists in the removal and recycling of these invasive alien trees in the riparian zones.

The trees that are removed are listed in the legislation in either Category 1 or Category 2 as plant invaders.

Alien invasive trees are removed and, by using Bandit’s horizontal grinders, recycled into usable wood chips, which are then used as biomass in agri-industrial applications to generate heat or electricity.

Africa Biomass Company busy recycling unwanted invasive alien trees from the riparian zone of the Breede River
Invasive alien species in the riparian zone being cut to be recycled by Africa Biomass Company

Alien invasive trees that Africa Biomass Company removes & recycles

The following species recycled by Africa Biomass Company are either listed as Category 1 or Category 2 alien invasive trees:

  • Rooikrans
  • Black Wattle
  • Beefwood
  • Eucalyptus

Impact of removal of alien invasive trees on bees

Through the obtaining of government tenders, the area of alien invasive trees that needs to be removed is demarcated. Africa Biomass Company strictly follows these instructions set out in tenders, therefore the impact on bees by removing alien invasive trees is low or even zero.

A riparian zone cleared from alien invasive trees and natural fauna & flora returning

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