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Wetlands work benefits natural resources while creating opportunities

The project employed 42 people from nearby Elands Bay and Redelinghuys in 2008 and continued until July 2018, with 36 jobs (three teams) created on average per year.

One of the largest wetlands on the West Coast, Verlorenvlei is a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1991, hosting 75 bird species, a rare fish species and more.

The rehabilitation of the wetlands not only created awareness about the importance of the wetland system, increased the movement of water through the system and rehabilitated the area, but also removed alien vegetation and – importantly – alleviated poverty in local communities.