|Volume 14Click here if you cannot view HTMLMarch 2007|
Water is life - Protect our scarce resources
When you look out to sea it is difficult to imagine that water is a scarce resource. Although 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, less than 1% of this is suitable for our consumption. The earth is a closed system, therefore the total amount of water across the earth remains more or less constant. The amount of fresh water available to us today is about the same amount we had a thousand years ago, it’s availability does not increase with the growth of our population and development of new settlements or urban areas.
Written by Bernice McLean
Plight of our Wetlands
For years people have seen wetlands as “wastelands” – developments are being errected on every possible vacant piece of land, irrespective of the habitat and wetlands are frequently drained to facilitate construction. Sixty percent of South Africa's grasslands and fifty percent of our wetlands have already been irreversibly transformed, placing our country's already scarce water resources under even further strain.
Written by Sharon Magro
Shark nets are on their way out!
The EWT is pleased to see that Natal Sharks Board (NSB) is embarking on a bold move to decrease the environmental impact on our inshore marine ecosystem. The NSB is mandated with protecting bathers from shark attack. In the past they have done this by setting shark nets to catch and kill sharks in order to reduce the number of sharks and hence decrease the risk of shark attack. A major problem is that the shark nets are not species-specific and catch a variety of harmless animals (bycatch) as well as harmless and dangerous sharks.
Written by Shanan Atkins
The EWT’s view of the new Threatened and Protected Species Regulations
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) welcomed the launch of the new Threatened and Protected Species Regulations on the 20th of February 2007 by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk. The Regulations are the result of a three year public consultative process to clean up the South African hunting industry and better conserve listed threatened and protected species.
Written by Dr Nick King
Endangered Wildlife Trust auction at Browns is a hit
The Endangered Wildlife Trust in collaboration with Browns of Rivonia held a highly successful charity auction for eighty people on Tuesday 20 February. Over R55 000 was raised following the auction of eight exclusive lots including a pack of six bottles of Rupert and Rothschild Baron Edmond which fetched a whopping R10 000, as well as a Middelvlei Pinotage 5 litre magnum which was sold for R5 000.
Birds, Buck and the Challenge of Surviving in South Africa's Grasslands
Where: Country Club JHB , Auckland Park, Johannesburg
You may recall Steven Evans from his previous presentation on Ethiopia which was highly entertaining and very well attended. On this occasion Steven will promote the globally threatened Blue Swallow and Oribi as ambassadors for the conservation of South Africa’s Grasslands.
RSVP: 9 March 2007 - click here firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project and the Critically Endangered Maloti Minnow
Where: The Country Club Johannesburg, Napier Road, Auckland Park
John Ledger gives us insight into the effects the Lesotho Highlands Water Project has on the Endangered Maloti Minnow found in the rivers in the area.
RSVP: 4 April 2007 - click here email@example.com to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102
The Venetia Limpopo Bike4Beasts MTB Individual Challenge supports EWT
Where: Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, Limpopo
Join us on this exciting and adrenalin-filled cross-country MTB challenge in the 33 000ha Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.
RSVP: 31 March 2007 - click here firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Wendy Collinson or phone on +27 (0) 83 657 1551
Water saving points in your home
With the focus on Water Week in March and the need to conserve one of South Africa's most precious resources, we can all do our bit to help save water in our homes.
The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items/volunteers:
Our field workers often work in hard conditions with not much equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient. Click here to read more about the EWT Wish list.
Please contact Leighanne Imbert on (011) 486 1102 or email email@example.com to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.
ADOPT A RIVERINE RABBIT* TOY TODAY!
The Riverine Rabbit is one of Southern Africa’s most endangered mammals. In fact, the latest edition of South Africa’s Red Data book lists the species as critically endangered. Not surprising, when it’s estimated that there are less than 250 adult rabbits left in the wild!
Unit Price : excluding postage and packaging
Please note that the correct colouring of the Riverine Rabbit in the Wild is Brown, with long ears and a white ring around their eyes.
To order, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update your Details: If you have moved home or jobs, please remember to update your details with the EWT so you can continue to receive invitations to events and updates on the work we do - click the link to update now - http://www.ewt.org.za/memberships_update.aspx
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