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Verlorenvlei: Declaration of Protected Environment underway

The Verlorenvlei Protected Areas Project has recently made great progress with landowners in the upper catchment of Moutonshoek having signed MOUs with Cape Nature indicating their intention to declare a Protected Environment.

This is an important step in the process toward improving the conservation status of Verlorenvlei. The value of this estuarine wetland is internationally recognised via both its Ramsar status and the fact that it is listed as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.  However these conservation statuses do not infer formal protection or conservation action at the site.

WESSA and BirdLife South Africa, with funding from WWF Green Trust, are now well and truly into the implementation of the Verlorenvlei Protected Areas project which aims to address the gap between the conservation status and the current lack of formal protection. 

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Image caption:
Signing the MOU for Verlorenvlei” with caption:  Signing of the first MOUs for the Moutonshoek Protected Environment (left to right): Phindile Mangwana (WWF), Dr Bennie van der Merwe (landowner), Samantha Schroder (Verlorenvlei project manager), Dannie Smit (landowner), Louis Smith (Legal advisor), Philippa Huntly (WESSA project manager) and Dale Wright (BirdLife South Africa project manager)