Our planet is experiencing a dramatic decline in insects and wildlife, with over a million plants and animals facing extinction. This has been linked to pesticides as well as changes in land and sea use, pollution and climate change.
iCWild's focus on poison
The use of poison against ‘pest’ species is of central concern for iCWild as it poses dangers to people, wildlife and the environment. Although we don’t have a project dedicated to research on poisons, it’s through the many projects we have on multiple animal species that the pervasiveness of poisons in South African ecosystems has become evident.
There is a clear need for society to find better ways of dealing with pests – be they insects, rodents or carnivores – than poisoning them. But this is easier said than done as prevention often requires a coordinated response and additional resources.
However, prevention also begins at home and we are working with our own institution, the University of Cape Town, to reduce and hopefully eliminate the use of rodenticides on the university’s upper campus, and to prevent pesticides from flowing into our storm-water drains and into the oceans.
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