South Africa: Report finds country's wetlands are most threatened ecosystem type

South Africa's wetlands are the most threatened ecosystem in the country, the National Biodiversity Assessment 2011 (NBA 2011) has found. KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Gauteng were expected to have no natural vegetation outside of protected areas by 2050.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa released the NBA 2011 in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of St Lucia. Based on NBA 2011, the growth of agriculture, mining and urban sprawl were the main causes of a loss of natural vegetation in the three provinces, according to the presentation.

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