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American experts support French Guiana’s savannahs

At the end of September 2019, two Florida experts specialized in Niaouli came to French Guiana to support GEPOG through a week of work.

Florida experts showing control methods against Niaouli © GEPOG

Niaouli, a threat to the savannahs

Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia) is considered one of the most problematic invasive alien plant species for the conservation of the French Guiana littoral savannahs. In order to reflect on solutions to protect the savannahs of this species, GEPOG has invited two experts from Florida to conduct field sessions, exchanges and field demonstrations to understand the best way to fight against Niaouli.

The mission

A time of exchanges and presentations was organized on the premises of the DAAF, in order to allow discussions with all the actors interested in the subjects of invasive alien species, and Niaouli in particular. A field demonstration in an area invaded by the species in the Space Center was held the next day to discuss the control techniques used against this species in Florida.

The experts

François LAROCHE of the South Florida Water Management District and Stephen ENLOE of the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants at the University of Florida, provided GEPOG with several decades of experience in the fight against Niaouli in Everglades and in methods of fighting against invasive plant species in general.

GEPOG hopes that the collaboration with Florida on this subject will be able to continue thereafter and to allow mutual enrichments technical, scientific and human!