Provincial Wetlands Day Celebrations to Take Place at Nylsvley Nature Reserve

Feb 2, 2015

NYLSVLEY NATURE RESERVE; LIMPOPO: MEC for LEDET Seaporo Sekoati to lead the Provincial Wetlands Day celebrations at Nylsvley Nature Reserve in Limpopo on the 6th February 2015, World Wetlands Day is an annual event that commemorates the signing of the Convention on Wetlands which took place on 02 February 1971, in the Iranian City of Ramsar. The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national acti

on and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

A Ramsar site is known for "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world".

Nylsvley is an internationally renowned RAMSAR site, Nylsvley was recognized as a Ramsar site in 1997.Nylsvley forms part of South Africa's largest flood-plain, the 16,000-ha Nyl River Flood-plain that stretches over 70 km from Modimolle to Mokopane.

Over 104 water bird species visit and many breed during extensive flooding, which only occurs every three or four years. According to Wikipedia website “the area boasts some 370 bird species - of which more than 100 are waterfowl - and during peak floods, over 80,000 birds are to be seen. The reserve is also home to Roan antelope and Tsessebe. The only stands of wild rice in South Africa, Oryza longistaminata, are to be found here”.

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