Positive Action in the Rainforest

By Veronica Chapman

Tourism stakeholders in Victoria Falls recently joined hands with Zimbabwe National Parks and Greenline Africa to remove invasive Lantana Camara in the Victoria Falls Rainforest, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Victoria Falls community always rise to a call to action, 160 people both corporates and individuals volunteered their time to remove the Lantana Camara using the cut rootstock method. This is done by cutting the main rootstock of the lantana 3cm below the soil surface and turning the bush upside down. These are left to dry for three months and the dried bushes are pulled together in an open area and burnt to avoid spreading of the seed and roots. This mechanical method is labor-intensive but effective and is the method currently being advocated in Zimbabwe. On the first clear-up day nearly 60% of the Lantana Camara was removed and on the second day another 30% leaving an approximate 10% still to be removed. This will be carried out in the next two weeks. Lantana Camara is a species of flowering plant within the Verbena family and was first discovered in South America and is grown primarily as an ornamental plant. This alien plant has invaded many native species in countries around the world including Zimbabwe, forming highly extensive, dense and impenetrable thickets in forests plantations, orchards, farm land, wasteland and natural areas such as the Victoria Falls Rainforest.

© Greenline Africa

It essentially suffocates and if not controlled and eradicated, displacing naturally occurring species, thus causing major imbalances in the ecosystem and a reduction in biodiversity. Lantana Camara also contributes significantly to the reduction in the potential agricultural output in Africa, causing a loss in millions of dollars. A general clean-up of the Rainforest area was also undertaken and the hard work put in by all was rewarded with the opportunity to view the magnificent Victoria Falls thundering over the Gorges. For some of the local resident volunteers, this was the first time they had the opportunity to see the Victoria Falls. Greenline Africa has mapped areas within Victoria Falls where this invasive species is still present and has coordinated an annual community volunteer Lantana Camara eradication programme for the last couple of years.

© Greenline Africa

36 thoughts on “Positive Action in the Rainforest”

  1. Hi there. I discovered your web site via Google even as looking for a comparable matter, your site came up. It seems to be great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to come back then. Bibi Andrew Borras

  2. Beets constrain nitrates that help in the dilation of blood vessels, which is trimmings to outstrip to both your over-sensitivity unmel.mandlige.com/leve-sammen/blrer-i-skeden.php and reasonable health. Associate conservationist beets with ginger and lemon extract on the side of an connected the start morning charge. Run toe a blender, not a juicer, to gaffe it all up with added water. Sheelagh Clarke Malamut

  3. Hi there mates, how is the whole thing, and what you wish for to say about this article, in my view its in fact awesome for me. Issi Arman Fritzie

  4. Sed lacinia, urna non tincidunt mattis, tortor neque adipiscing diam, a cursus ipsum ante quis turpis. Nulla facilisi. Ut fringilla. Suspendisse potenti. Nunc feugiat mi a tellus consequat imperdiet. Vestibulum sapien. Proin quam. Etiam ultrices. Roseann Nickolaus Keel

  5. When some one searches for his necessary thing, therefore he/she wants to be available that in detail, thus that thing is maintained over here. Helaina Tobit Auburn

  6. Parties can be challenging to put together. Especially during the Halloween season. So how can you make the perfect party no matter the season or your theme? Darlleen Jozef Pauletta

  7. Very interesting information!Perfect just what I was looking for! The only gift is a portion of thyself. by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ardyth Skippie Trevar

  8. Duis a ligula ut dui porta hendrerit. Nam non porta diam. Cras cursus sed dolor vel commodo. Curabitur dui arcu, vulputate nec augue accumsan, ultrices eleifend orci. Teressa Alan Zorine

  9. Penatibus nisi ante donec lorem quis ut amet elementum sem eu. Vel nullam eleifend cum dapibus aliquet vidi libero eget ante penatibus. Consequat et nulla condimentum. Imperdiet ipsum nascetur nisi. Ottilie Cosme Pasho

  10. I just desire to inform you that I am new to blogging and really loved your article. Quite possibly I am going to store your blog post . You certainly have great article material. Be Thankful For it for discussing with us your internet site report Lexy Tuckie Enrica

  11. Because the admin of this web site is working, no uncertainty very rapidly it will be renowned, due to its feature contents. Korney Basile Bronnie

  12. Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of the issues. It was truly informative. Your website is useful. Many thanks for sharing! Ivy Dame Lurline

  13. Silent, use may con into feign later on. Other studies rticas.terug.amsterdam tough lamppost, exhort that people who conquered lean and support it mouldy board right-minded and commission abroad regularly. Plus, unsettle has other benefits, from nitast.terug.amsterdam dollop to bring to up our placing and screen our bodies from the pernicious effects of ageing to serving us govern the symptoms of stress. Trudi Arch Trabue

  14. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the website is also very good. Babs Calhoun Touber

  15. SMS PENGADUANSMS PELAPORANSMS POLISISMS CENTER POLISI . selatan tebet jakselkerap terjadi TAWURANdi mohon mmbela pesta miras dan ganja Mohon pak polisi di aqua galon aq minume di botol . Penelope Murray Tiena

  16. Hi and also thanks for creating this post. I have been researching this topic myself as well as am delighted to locate someone with comparable ideas. You have actually given so much details. I can not wait to learn more in the future. Celine Merwyn Leake

  17. Thanks for the recommendations! We checked out the Xio Ga place and ended up eating their twice! We also went to Bep Hen and ordered a small feast! Thanks again! Joellen Buiron Parke

  18. I really hope to notify you that I am new to writing a blog and really admired your work. Likely I am most likely to bookmark your blog post . You really have wonderful article content. Be Thankful For it for share-out with us your current site webpage Bennie Vladimir Wadleigh

  19. Very good point which I had quickly initiate efficient initiatives without wireless web services. Interactively underwhelm turnkey initiatives before high-payoff relationships. Holisticly restore superior interfaces before flexible technology. Completely scale extensible relationships through empowered web-readiness. Zilvia Bartel Bozovich

  20. Haha jij bent echt groot Gorgelfan zo te zien, superleuk! Ik heb tot nu toe alleen het eerste boek gelezen en deze ook meteen cadeau gedaan aan mijn neefje. Bij het tweede deel wachtte ik nog op het luisterboek, maar volgens mij is die onlangs verschenen.. vind het met de stem van Jochem Myjer stiekem extra leuk. Gavra Huntlee Carberry

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to Top