Wetlands Day celebrated

2016-02-24 06:00
LEARNERS of schools and representatives of organisations who attended the Wetlands Day celebration.  Photo: Supplied

LEARNERS of schools and representatives of organisations who attended the Wetlands Day celebration. Photo: Supplied

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BETHLEHEM. Z The Dihlabeng Local Municipality celebrated Wetlands Day on Thursday (19/02) at the Captain Charles Dam.

A number of organisations took part in this celebration.

Amongst those who attended the celebrations were representatives of Working on Fire, the Expanded Public Works Programme, Tholoana Z an environmental consultant organisation, and the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The purpose of the day was to educate the public and more especially learners of schools about preservation and informing them about what wetlands are.

According to Mpho Motaung, Dihlabeng environmental scientist, a wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem.

“The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants adapted to the unique hydric soil.

“Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability,” Motaung said.

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