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  • We believe in sustainability
    What we do
    The Nuwejaars Wetland SMA is rehabilitating its key areas and cultural features. More
    Enhancing the wellbeing of all who live here is an imperative for the SMA. More
    Our tourism venture will include training for operators and entrepreneurs. More
    Production and food security is enhanced through sustainable use of land. More
    Sustainably-utilised products will prove a key
    economic driver for communities here.
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    By developing the SMA's infrastructure, we can
    unlock the area's sustainable capital.
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    The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA) is an area in which 25 private landowners and local communities work together to collectively manage our land for conservation.

    Through this unique conservation model, some 46,000 hectares of often critically endangered habitat is now protected on the Agulhas Plain - at the southernmost region of Africa. The primary goal of the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA) is to protect - and use - the land included in the Special Management Area sustainably, according to triple bottom line principles. We aim to find the balance between environmental integrity, human wellbeing and economic efficiency within the area.

    While biodiversity and wetland conservation is promoted, so too are sustainable farming practices. As such, farming and conservation work hand in hand. Endangered plants and animals are protected. At the same time, food security from farmland in the Nuwejaars Wetland Ecosystem is not threatened.

    This collaboration between landowners and local communities is the first of its kind in South Africa. It required significant commitments from all landowners and communities involved. All had to agree to title deed restrictions to ensure sustainable conservation principles would be maintained. Already the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has expressed its interest in the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA), as a working example of its Man and the Biosphere programme.
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    - Restore wetlands and other often-threatened habitat through rehabilitation and alien-clearing;
    - Promote the wellbeing of all who live within the broader area;
    - Promote the sustainable use of biodiversity products to benefit all;
    - Promote diverse uses of the wetlands, natural habitats and intensive agricultural activities;
    - Promote sustainability in all forms of agriculture;
    - Manage the land and manage fire;
    - Address climate change;
    - And encourage tourists to visit the Agulhas Plain's unique sites.
    The SMA's objectives
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    A day in the life of a Junior Ranger. The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (NWSMA) played host to the Agulhas National Park Junior Rangers in July. Nine young nature lovers and their parents visited various NWSMA activities as part of their Junior Rangers Camp.
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    Buffalo sale on the Agulhas Plain

    Four buffalo belonging to the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area have been sold. The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA) reintroduced the buffalo to the Agulhas Plain for the first time in more than 200 years. Now, with their numbers steadily increasing, the Agulhas Plain has once again become a source of disease-free buffalo.

    The sale also marked an important occasion for conservation-minded organisations such as the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA. It highlighted the steps taken towards securing a sustainable income from biodiversity-based products, through for example game management.

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    This is a Liparia splendens, commonly known as the 'geelkoppie' or 'klipblom'. They're quite a rare sight normally, so lovely to see them light up the SMA's fynbos. Read more
    A wonderful sight