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Hlengiwe Cele  

uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve - a wetland of international importance

During the World Wetland Day celebrations held on Friday, 31 January at Mbongolwane , near Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi handed over a Ramsar certificate to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for the designation of uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve as a wetland of international importance. South Africa designated uMgeni Vlei Nature Nature Reserve on the 19th of March 2013, bringing the total number of Wetlands of International Importance to 21, eight of which are in KwaZulu-Natal. The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Peter Mbelengwa
Cell: 082 611 8197
E-mail: mbelengwap@dwa.gov.za

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