The Long and Entangled History of Humans and Invasive Introduced Plants on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula

  • Simon PooleyEmail author
Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 8)


This chapter provides an environmental history of plant introductions and fire—and how their unintended consequences have been framed and managed—at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The chapter explains why the plants which have proved invasive were introduced to the region, examines the effects of urbanisation on attitudes to introduced tree plantations, and describes the development of concern over the effects of fires and introduced plants on the indigenous fynbos vegetation. The chapter recounts the complex history of environmental management on the Peninsula, discussing the advantages and limitations of the powerful narrative linking invasive introduced plant control with fires and water supplies, and recent controversies between invasion biologists and commercial forestry managers.


Wildfire Invasive plants Cape of Good Hope Environmental management South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Birkbeck University of LondonLondonUK

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