The Western Cape is in the grips of a severe drought – what does it mean for protected areas in the province? Join us for a talk that will look at how the drought is playing out in nature reserves and what can be done to lessen the impact.

Image: Verlorenvlei is a hot spot for birds, hosting up to 4,000 at times. Following the lack of rain, the wetland has dried out dramatically. Picture by John Lucas

In Cape Town we are feeling the pinch of the water shortage, but have you wondered how the drought impacts on nature reserves? Many of our primary catchment areas lie in protected areas – what pressures do they face? Are you concerned about water conservation? For answers to these and other issues affecting drought-struck nature reserves, come hear what Dean Impson, freshwater fish ecologist for CapeNature, and conservationist John Lucas have to say.

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Venue: Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre Canal Walk
Time: 18:15 for 18:30
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The event is free but seats are limited, so please book your spot (no charge). There will be complimentary refreshments and Wild Card members enjoy 10% discount on shopping at the store.

Astonishing water facts

  1. Just 1% of all the water on Earth is usable to humans (97% of water on the planet is salty, 2% is held in ice-caps).
  2. In South Africa, 12% of the land area generates 50% of the river flow.
  3. The Western Cape holds 57% of the strategic water resources in South Africa.
  4. Out of all the land managed by CapeNature, 92% represent mountain catchments.
  5. A fynbos mountain catchment can lose up to 68% of its water yield due to a dense cover of invasive alien shrubs or trees.
Sources: “Miracle of water” by Peter Chadwick, Wild 24; “Water: Time is running out” by Dr Ernst Baard, CapeNature