Conservation of the Waterberg

The essence of balanced conservation of the Waterberg
When people talk about conservation they usually have in mind taking care of wild animals and plants – the so-called fauna and flora – with only rare appreciation for the fact that conservation entails much more than that.
Admittedly it is the plants and animals that first catch the eye and that speak to us.

The extent to which plants and animals live and thrive in a particular ecosystem is directly determined by the properties of the other components of that environment. These are day and night temperature, strength and direction of the wind, rainfall pattern, height above sea level, incline and elevation, characteristics of the ground in terms of its inorganic chemical composition as well as its organic chemical composition and finally, the health state of the ground.

Conservation must therefore always be approached and managed holistically to ensure the orderly and healthy co-existence of all the living entities with the inanimate matter – if any of those elements get out of balance the whole character of that particular ecological system implodes.

Essentially a flourishing and naturally diverse ecosystem presupposes healthy co-existence of the whole spectrum of all life forms with one another and with the inanimate world. Conservation is to ensure that that delicate balance is maintained.

Can we afford to do less?

In the short term, that is to say within man’s lifespan, the composing factors of a particular environment mostly remain unchanged as a given.


Responsible conservation in the Waterberg
The health condition of the soil is in modern times unfortunately the exception on the list of determining factors mentioned above and always the direct result of good or poor management by man.

Bad management with its negative impact on the condition of the soil inevitably results in deformation of the ecosystem into a lower (less than optimum) order of symbiosis.

The inorganic chemical properties of a particular soil are the direct outcome of the natural process of soil formation from the basement rock.

The organic chemical composition of a particular soil is on the other hand a product of the carbon-structured complement within and on top of the ground and is directly correlated to what man does both on top of the ground and with it.

The management of the soil’s biology therefore lies literally at the root of conservation … Good or BAD!

Conservation management based on excellent soil management is our responsibility and the only guarantee for sustainable survival of the ecology as well as of man.

It goes without gainsay that all water resources should simultaneously and continuously be used with the utmost discretion and that polution of the air be prevented by the optimum use of clean energy.

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Important Documents:

- Waterberg Mining – Richard Wadley
- Waterberg District Municipality Mining Development Strategy
- Environmental Management Framework for the Waterberg District Desired State Report
- Waterberg District EMF Draft Status Quo Report
- Environmental Management Framework for the Waterberg District Desired State Report 8 July 2010
- Waterberg District Municipality Air Quality Management Plan June 2009
- Waterberg Biosphere Reserve 2001 – 2012
- Waterberg District Environmental Management Framework - Draf EMF Reports

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