Addis Ababa – The Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity Conversation called on the society to prevent various invasive non-indigenous plant and animal varieties that can harm the ecosystem.
General Director of the institute Dr. Girma Balcha told WIC that invasive and non-indigenous plant and animal varieties are posing serious problem on the ecosystem and biodiversity of the country.
As the non-indigenous varieties are aggressively expansive they would harm the ecology and biodiversity including indigenous varieties of animals and plants, the General Director said, and further the expansion of the indigenous varieties would also result in climate change.
Among the invasive plant varieties that are not friendly for the Ethiopian ecology are parthenium hysterophourus, prosopis juliflora, Eichornia crassipes and Lantana camara, he added.
The World biodiversity day would be marked tomorrow under the theme “Biodiversity and invasive and non-indigenous varieties” for the 7th time in Ethiopia in the Afar state.
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