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High Risk Wetlands Atlas: Reference Guide to the Mpumalanga Mining Decision Support Tool
Expanded Title:By virtue of their positions in the landscape and relationship to drainage networks, wetlands are frequently impacted by coal mining activities, especially opencast methods. The impacts are on-going, since coal is a strategic resource and will continue to be mined to support the country’s development. However, regulatory authorities and the public now have an improved understanding of the range of economic, social, ecological and hydrological costs of wetland loss and degradation. The rules of the game have changed, with regulators increasingly insisting that mines avoid, minimise and mitigate their impacts on wetlands, and internalise the true costs of wetland loss into their balance sheets. Many mining proposals entailing large-scale wetland loss have encountered delays in licence approvals, unrealistic rehabilitation commitments and unwelcome public and media attention. As a result, the coal mining sector has realised that it needs to proactively and systematically address the business risk posed by its impact on wetlands. One of the key project aims was to improve the knowledge and use of appropriate spatial information to guide mining companies and regulators in their planning and decision-making. This is a set of publications to guide both mining companies and regulators with regard to high risk wetlands and associated landscapes. It identifies key wetland landscapes in the grassland biome of Mpumalanga that are particularly important or irreplaceable in terms of biodiversity, water resource management and ecosystem services. There is a users’ guide to the Atlas and a DVD that contains this High Risk Wetlands Atlas itself, the required software to use it, and the underlying spatial data for those who use their own GIS systems. The full set of publications comprises: 1. TT658/16 Wetland Rehabilitation in Mining Landscapes: An Introductory Guide 2. TT659/16 High Risk Wetlands Atlas: Reference Guide to the Mpumalanga Mining Decision Support Tool 3. Mpumalanga Mining Decision Support Tool (available as a DVD inside TT659/16 and downloadable from the WRC website) 4. TT660/16 Wetland Offsets: A Best Practice Guide for South Africa 5. 2230/1/16 A review of depressional wetlands (pans) in South Africa, including a water quality classification system 6. 2230/2/16 Assessment of the ecological integrity of the Zaalklapspruit wetland in Mpumalanga (South Africa) before and after rehabilitation: The Grootspruit Case Study.
Date Published:01/04/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Invertebrates, Mine water - Mine water treatment
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 659/16
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0774-9
Authors:Holness SD; Dini JA; De Klerk A; Oberholster P
Project No:K5/2230
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; SANBI; CSIR
Document Size:4 340 KB
Related Documents:Wetland offsets: A best practice guideline for South Africa
High Risk Wetlands Atlas: Reference Guide to the Mpumalanga Mining Decision Support Tool
A review of depressional wetlands (pans) in South Africa, including a water quality classification system
Assesing the ecological relevance of a spatially-nested geomorphological hierarchy for river management
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