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Towards a sustainable Agulhas Plain
It took six years for the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA) to evolve from a vague concept to a working venture. Today the Special Management Area, implemented across private farmland on the Agulhas Plain in the Overberg, is the only one of its kind in South Africa.
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The Nuwejaars Wetland SMA is rehabilitating its key areas and cultural features. 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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Enhancing the wellbeing of all who live here is an imperative for the SMA. More
The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area and partners undertook a management burn on the SMA this past week, burning around 410 hectares of limestone fynbos. The fynbos was between 25 and and 30 years old, and therefore in need of a prescribed burn. Experts suggest fynbos should be burnt around every 15 years, depending on the type of fynbos. Much of the fynbos was also infested with invasive alien plants.

Management burn on the SMAs
Livestock and bee hives were moved prior to the fire. And invasive alien plant management will now be prioritised subsequent to the fire.

Fire management is seen as an essential tool in good fynbos management. Fire stimulates new growth of fynbos plants, to ensure a healthy fynbos ecosystem. However, fires should also not burn too frequently, in turn destroying fynbos seed banks. Fire is also considered a tool to manage invasive alien plants - one of the biggest threats to the biodiversity on the Agulhas Plain.

From the SMA, a special thanks to the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association and the Working on Fire teams, for their help and the professionalism they showed.
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