07 May 2021

Ingula Nature Reserve designated as South Africa’s 27th Ramsar Site!

The Ingula Nature Reserve in South Africa has been declared a Wetland of International Importance ("Ramsar Site") by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, also known as the Ramsar Convention. This addition brings the number of South Africa's Ramsar Sites to 27 covering a surface area of 571,089 hectares.
The Ingula Nature Reserve sits along the northernmost part of the Drakensberg mountain range, between Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. It lies between 1,260 and 1,900 metres above sea level, and mainly consists of dry grassy plains – which are partly cultivated and irrigated – interspersed with extensive wetlands. The Ingula Nature Reserve is home to over 300 bird species, of which 24 are threatened, 34 mammal species, including 11 carnivores and 10 antelope species, as well as 69 butterflies and 29 reptiles.
The Convention on Wetlands/Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories. 

Annotated List of Wetlands of International Importance/Ramsar Sites in South Africa:

  1. Barberspan
  2. Blesbokspruit
  3. Bot - Kleinmond Estuarine System
  4. Dassen Island Nature Reserve
  5. De Hoop Vlei
  6. De Mond
  7. Dyer Island Provincial Nature Reserve and Geyser Island Provincial Nature Reserve
  8. False Bay Nature Reserve
  9. Ingula Nature Reserve
  10. Kgaswane Mountain Reserve
  11. Kosi Bay
  12. Lake Sibaya
  13. Langebaan
  14. Makuleke Wetlands
  15. Natal Drakensberg Park
  16. Ndumo Game Reserve
  17. Ntsikeni Nature Reserve
  18. Nylsvley Nature Reserve
  19. Orange River Mouth
  20. Prince Edward Islands
  21. Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve
  22. St. Lucia System
  23. Turtle Beaches/Coral Reefs of Tongaland
  24. uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve
  25. Verloren Valei Nature Reserve
  26. Verlorenvlei
  27. Wilderness Lakes

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