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WWF hails new protected grassland areas

WWF South Africa is delighted with the recent announcement that two key high-altitude grassland areas have been declared protected areas.

Pongola

The  two sites are both situated in  northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Dr B M Radebe officially declared the 9251-hectare Pongola Bush Protected Environment and 1387-hectare Ncandu Private Forest and Grassland Reserve on November 19, 2013.

The  formal protection of these high altitude grassland areas secures key water source areas (such as the Pongola and Tugela river system headwaters).

This will ensure that millions of downstream water users have access to a secure water supply in the future thereby enhancing economic development and job creation.

Not only is the impact positive for food and water security but substantial conservation targets are achieved resulting in better protection and management of grassland habitat critical for the unique biodiversity located there.

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