Eden District Municipality Wetland Report
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Eden District Municipality is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and covers an area of 23 331 km². The municipality falls within the Cape Floristic Region (a recognised World Heritage Site and a global biodiversity hotspot with high levels of endemism and diversity for plants and animals). Numerous wetlands can be found throughout the municipality, including one RAMSAR site of international importance, which provide crucial habitat for the unique flora in the region as well as for a variety of critically endangered flora and fauna species.
The wetlands throughout Eden District Municipality are considered to be high-value ‘ecological infrastructure’ as they not only provide habitat for flora and fauna, but also provide critical ecosystem services to the municipality. These include flood attenuation, water filtration, erosion control and water storage (regulatory services) as well as food provision, supply of raw materials and clean drinking water (provisioning services). The wetlands within the municipality also play a pivotal role in disaster risk management as well as reducing the impacts of climate change within the district.
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