Southern Africa's wetlands are amongst the most diverse both physically and biologically of any in the world, yet we have lost an estimated 50% of our wetlands to urban and industrial development and agriculture.
Wetlands provide an essential habitat for endangered Wattled Cranes to breed - there are 50 pairs in Midlands.
Worldwide, wetlands provide R500 billion in eco-system services annually.
Wetlands purify water, control floods, prevent soil erosion, support a rich species diversity and provide food, raw materials and tourism opportunities.
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