Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rietvlei, Cape, South Africa is transforming slowly

It is two years since the height of the big tree xenophobia at Rietvlei when nearly all alien trees (or nearly all trees) were removed to make place for indigenous vegetation.

The slow metamorphosis of Rietvlei is changing the wetlands (alien vegetation) paradise to a (hoped for) threatened

sandveld vegetation.

This area was about to receive RAMSAR status

as a wetlands reserve, when the urgent need to preserve the local sandveld fynbos was realized.

This type of vegetation was perceived as more urgently in need for conservation as the established wetlands.

There is still much room for improvement.

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