Ph. © Brett Hurley, FABI

Forest invasive species in Africa

The arrival of non-native species has increased exponentially in Africa, as in other parts of the world. This is attributed mainly to the increase in travel and trade, and is influenced by difficulties in implementing adequate quarantine regulations. Once introduced into the continent, invasive species are likely to spread to neighbouring countries, sometimes spreading across a vast area in an alarmingly short period.

Thus, many, and perhaps most, of non-native invasive species are shared between a number of African countries. This results in many challenges, but also provides opportunities for countries to collaborate towards management of these species.

Invasive species of forests include insects, microbes, other animals and plants. The list below provides examples of some of the current main invasive species, with a focus on invasive species of plantation forests. Further information and publications on these invasive species can be obtained in the section Resources or - more specifically - from FABI Resources and CABI Compedium on invasive species.

African invasive species

last updated:  Friday, September 24, 2021