Why South Africa's wetlands are in urgent need of rescue

With South Africa facing pressing water security issues, there is an urgent need for wetlands to be rehabilitated and preserved, says SRK Consulting's principal hydrologist Dr Simon Lorentz, as wetlands are significant for both the surface water and groundwater components of the water resource. As an expert in wetland hydrology, he argues that we need far greater attention on how these diminishing areas should be protected.

“Modern society’s demand for water has clearly led to many interventions in the water cycle, as we control the flow of water for our own needs,” says Dr Lorentz. “Wetlands can provide a useful indicator of where such interventions have gone too far.”

Author: Simon Lorentz | Partner | Principal Hydrologist

SRK Africa