Slide 9: Habitat classes and associated management requirements
The management costs of an area tend to vary, depending largely on the vegetation type, but also on several factors associated with both climate and species richness. Coastal habitats such as dune pioneer vegetation tend to have a high invasive potential, and are highly susceptible to wildfires, driving management cost up. Prescribed burning is usually necessary, although the costs associated with this are only moderate, but the fine nature of the vegetation, and the difficulty of access to many parts mean that ecological monitoring costs are high. Lowland vegetation types such as the lowland fynbos and renosterveld have only moderate fire control and ecological monitoring costs, but are still highly susceptible to invasives, which is typically expensive to control. The forest and thicket and wet mountain fynbos biomes are typically moderate in terms of management costs, since they are less impacted by human practices, and both dry mountain fynbos and karoo have very low management costs. In the case of the Karoo, this is largely because of the sparse, slow-growing nature of the vegetation.