Mega-reserve wetlands a success

Some good news and some bad news for Cape wetlands:

This article by Melanie Gosling was first published in the Cape Times here.

A major study on the health of 65 wetlands in the fynbos biome has revealed that 29 percent are in better shape than they were 25 years ago.

Another 24 percent are in the same condition, 8 percent have shown a slight deterioration and 23 percent have deteriorated significantly. The remaining 16 percent no longer exist.

Jenny Day, one of the researchers and former head of UCT’s fresh water institute, said yesterday they were surprised at the results. While 39 percent of the wetlands – nearly one in four – are worse off or have disappeared completely, Day said they had thought the situation would have been worse.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” Day said.

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Read the full article here.