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Invasive trees targeted by new South Africa anti-drought fund
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16 November 2018
On 16 November 2018 Reuters reported:
Big business is backing a South African fund to eradicate invasive trees around Cape Town and yield billions of liters of water as the city emerges from its worst drought in a century, officials said on Friday (16 November). Alien species, such as eucalyptus trees which are largely native to Australia, are thirstier than indigenous vegetation and draw more groundwater through their roots. Preliminary studies estimate 1.8 billion liters of water is lost each year due to alien plants on one aquifer north of Cape Town.
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An initial 53 million rand ($3.7 million) has been committed to the new Greater Cape Town Water Fund, which has been pioneered by global conservation organization Nature Conservancy.
The group said plans by the city for desalination, recycling waste water, and tapping groundwater supplies would cost on average 10 times more to supply each liter of water than clearing invasive eucalyptus, pine, and acacia trees.
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