Wetlands are the link between land and water and are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They are important because they protect and improve water quality, provide wildlife habitats, store floodwaters and maintain surface water flow during dry periods.
The conservation of wetlands is an important part of our South African mining projects. We have developed a wetland offset strategy for our South Africa Energy Coal operations’ mining applications for the Klipspruit Life Extension Project.
Our aim is to offset any wetland losses that may stem from the first five years of mining, by enhancing the health and biodiversity of the remaining wetlands. We have conservation targets set by detailed assessment of biodiversity and wetland health, and our designs focus on minimising or reversing erosion and removing invasive species.
It’s an important job, but one we’re happy to undertake – our goal is to protect the Klipspruit Wetlands so that when we’ve finished in the area, it continues to contribute to the health of the environment.