Cape Town Accredited As a Ramsar Wetland City

 The City of Cape Town is South Africa's first city to be accredited as a Ramsar Wetland City.

The city is home to over 11 000 hectares of wetlands, which provide essential services such as disaster risk reduction and contributes to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

"Over the past 20 years, the city has implemented several initiatives, both inside and outside of protected areas, with the aim of rehabilitating wetlands and conserving these natural assets," the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment said on Friday.

The announcement was made at the 14th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, being held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5 to 13 November 2022.

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