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Definition of a wetland Importance of wetlands Useful links Important wetlands in the RSA


  What is RAMSAR or a RAMSAR site ? Map of the Ramsar sites in South Africa
Wetland RAMSAR No. Wetlands International Site Reference No. Location Rivers  and streams
Barberspan 35 1ZA002

North-east of Delareyville.

Harts River
Blesbokspruit 343 1ZA004 Near Springs in Gauteng Province. The towns of Boksburg, Benoni and Brakpan lie in the northwest while Nigel is located south of the site. Blesbokspruit
De Hoop Vlei 34 1ZA001 Near Bredasdorp
De Mond (Heuningnes estuary) 342 1ZA003 Near Bredasdorp Heuningnes River
Kosi Bay 527 1ZA011 South of Mozambique on the east coast, approximately 470 km north of Durban. Sihadhla River, Naswamanzi River
Lake Sibaya 528 1ZA012 Approximately 430 km northeast of Durban on the Maputaland coastal plain. Lake Sibaya is the largest, natural freshwater lake in South Africa
Langebaan 398 1ZA007 West coast of South Africa, 100 km northwest of Cape Town.
Natal Drakensberg Park 886 1ZA013 In eastern KwaZulu-Natal, along the border between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Ndumo Game Reserve 887 1ZA014 Northwestern part of KwaZulu-Natal, approximately 500 km north-northeast of Durban. Pongola River, Usuthu River.
Nylsvley Nature Reserve 952 1ZA016 South of Naboomspruit in the Northern Province. Nyl River
Orange River Mouth 526 1ZA010 Between Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape (South Africa) and Oranjemund (Namibia). Orange River 
Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve 888 1ZA015 Northeastern part of the Free State near Memel. Klip River
St. Lucia System 345 1ZA006 East coast of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal approximately 200 km north of Durban.
Turtle Beaches/Coral Reefs of Tongaland 344 1ZA005 Near Mtubtuba. The beaches are situated  south of the Kosi Bay estuary mouth Coastal 
Verlorenvlei 525 1ZA009 25 km north of Lambert's Bay on the west coast. Verlorenvlei River
Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve 1110 1ZA017 In Mpumalanga about 10 km north of Dullstroom. Crocodile and Olifants rivers.
Wilderness Lakes 524 1ZA008 East of George and 30 km west of Knysna on the south coast . Touws River

Useful links
The Ramsar Convention of Wetlands
The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance
The Ramsar Photo Gallery

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What is RAMSAR or a RAMSAR site ?

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 155 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 1674 wetland sites, totaling 150 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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