Saving wetlands, creating jobs

2013-10-23 16:17
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Johannesburg - Environmental organisation Working for Wetlands, has improved South Africa through enhancing biodiversity and creating jobs, Deputy Water Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said in Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

"Since 2002, Working for Wetlands has invested R530m in the rehabilitation of 906 wetlands, thereby improving or securing the health of more than 70 000 hectares of wetland area," she said in a speech prepared for delivery.

The rehabilitation projects ranged from stabilising already degraded wetlands to restoring wetlands, she said at the National Wetlands Indaba held in the Eastern Cape.

The projects created 12 848 job opportunities and 2.2 million "person days" worked, Mabudafhasi said.

"[Wetlands] are natural assets able to provide a range of products, functions and services, such as gathering, processing, purifying and delivering water for human use free of charge."

She told delegates that she wanted to receive their action plans a week after the indaba.

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