“Why do we do what we do in the Nuwejaars wetlands? I’m asked this question constantly. Many simply don’t understand why we would go to the trouble, and the costs, of running our land and waterscapes as a Special Management Area.
“2020 and 2021 are answering those questions for us. Globally nature is being mistreated. The results are catastrophic: A pandemic, floods (even here in the Overberg), wildfire, heatwaves – these are things we are now having to live with.
And yet, at the southern tip of Africa, 25 landowners and the community of Elim have chosen to do things differently, to protect our natural world. We’re learning that this is no longer a nice-to-have; it’s essential! Our 45,000 hectares, our irreplaceable wetlands, the peat-like soils here that store carbon, the Critically Endangered habitat and the wildlife they support – these can all contribute to a nature-positive Overberg and South Africa.” – Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area Chair, Dirk Human