Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
The Non-Detriment Finding for Aloe Ferox (Bitter Aloe) has been drawn up.
The environment, forestry and fisheries department published the finding in Government Gazette 43971.
It was published in terms of Section 62 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.
Section 62 stipulates that the minister must publish any non-detriment findings made by the Scientific Authority on trade in specimens of listed threatened or protected species and species to which an international agreement regulating international trade applies in accordance with the requirements of the international agreement.
A non-detriment finding is a science-based risk assessment where the vulnerability of a species is considered in relation to how well it is managed.
Factors considered include the biological characteristics of the species and its national status (distribution, abundance, trends and threats), as well as harvest management, control and monitoring, protection of the species from harvest, and incentives and benefits arising from harvest.
Some findings include that the major threats to Aloe Ferox include habitat loss resulting from land use changes and over-utilization but these threats are considered to be limited and reversible, respectively; difficult to ascertain the amount of plants being impacted by trade and further comprehensive analyses of field harvests and trade records are needed; illegal harvesting events are currently considered to be insignificant and communal harvesting remains problematic in the Eastern Cape and as a result, there is an urgent need for effective management plans in this area.