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About Working for Wetlands

Working for Wetlands uses wetland rehabilitation as a vehicle for both poverty alleviation and the wise use of wetlands. It follows an approach that centres on cooperative government and the creation of partnerships between landowners, communities, civil society and the private sector.

A joint initiative of the departments of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Water Affairs (DWA). WfWet is housed within the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).  In this way it is an expression of the overlapping wetlands-related mandates of these three parent departments and, in addition to giving effect to a range of policy objectives, also honours commitments under several international agreements, especially the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. 

Projects focus on the rehabilitation, wise use and protection of wetlands in a manner that maximises  employment creation, creates and supports small businesses and transfers relevant and marketable skills to beneficiaries.  In this way, using funding provided by DEA, Working for Wetlands forms part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) which seeks to draw significant numbers of unemployed people into the productive sector of the economy, gaining skills while they work and increasing their capacity to earn income.ASME B31.9 ,ICC IECC , ashrae 62.1 , aws download 

Working for Wetlands is based on key interlinked concepts that ensure effective and sustainable wetland rehabilitation :

  • Wetland protection, wise use and rehabilitation
  • Skills and capacity development
  • Cooperative governance and partnerships
  • Research and knowledge sharing
  • Communication, education and public awareness.


Working for Wetlands offers technical expertise to landowners and collaborates with local partners to set rehabilitation objectives with the intention of improving the integrity and functioning of ecosystems.  Rehabilitation measures address both the cause and effects of degradation.

Research & Planning

Supported by the Norwegian government, Working for Wetlands has launched a National Wetlands Inventory to provide clarity on the extent, distribution and condition of South Africa's wetlands. Among a range of applications, the inventory will enable the planning of wetland rehabilitation on a catchment scale.

Capacity Building

Working for Wetlands is a people-intensive programme.  In addition to imparting vocational skills, life skills provided to project workers include literacy, primary health, personal finance and HIV/Aids awareness.  Education and awareness projects influence the programme's diverse stakeholders through activities ranging from field visits with decision makers to the distribution of resource material.