Edendale organisation determined to preserve wetlands

2016-10-19 06:00
PHOTO: supplied One of the wetlands that need to be rehabilitated in Imbali Unit 2.

PHOTO: supplied One of the wetlands that need to be rehabilitated in Imbali Unit 2.

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ATLEAST 90% of people in the greater Edendale area do not know what a wetland is, this is according to Mlungisi Ntuli of Liberty­, a non-profit organisation focused on engaging in environmental matters.

Ntuli, who is determined to change those statistics, said Edendale has over 40 wetlands that people do not know about.

“Unfortunately, the reality is that many people cannot tell you what a wetland is, and as Liberty we want to change this and increase the public’s appreciation of wetlands.

“We want to teach the community the value of wetlands so they can be protected as a critical feature of the environment,” he said.

Ntuli said among other things, wetlands protect water quality, they are used as habitats by plants and animals and store flood water.

“I think as soon as the community is educated about how wetlands help, they will start to preserve and protect them.

“Edendale has many wetlands that need to be rehabilitated. Our aim is to make sure all those wetlands are in the same condition as the one at the Greater Edendale Mall.”

He added that wetlands are also a source of reeds used for thatching, hut construction, and baskets.

Wetlands

Wetlands are low-lying areas of land covered by water long enough to support aquatic plants and wildlife for part of their life cycle. Wetlands are highly diverse, productive ecosystems that provide a host of ecological services

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