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...the Crocodile River Reserve in a weekend of activities 10 and 11 September 2016.
Mountain bike event, trail running, storytelling, sound journey and Land Art by local and international artists - R e a d m o r e
Nature on your doorstep - Activities 10-11 September
The ENCOUNTER is a weekend of fundraising. The conservation effort and proclamation of the Reserve is paid for entirely by the private landowners. While adding to the conservation targets of the City, Province and SA, the State has specifically stipulated no costs will be supported. Your participation helps us do what is needed.
Artists, collaborating as "GreenMountain" are generously donating their time and creativety to honour the natural environment.
Less than 3% of South African grasslands are formally protected.
Grasslands are second only to the Fynbos Biome for plant diversity, and grasslands support a greater number of species per unit of measure than fynbos - grassland 81 species per 1 000 m²...fynbos 65.
More than 40% of the Grassland Biome has been irreversibly modified, and 60% of what remains is considered threatened.
Nearly half of the country's strategic water source areas are in the Grassland Biome.
52 of South Africa's 122 important bird areas are in the grasslands.
5 of the 34 mammals (44%) endemic to South Africa can be found in the Grassland Biome and 4 of these (27%) are endemic to the biome
Gauteng is heavily urbanised and industrialised, and its ecosystems are losing vital aspects of their composition and functioning.
Ecosystems are compromised in the ability to deliver essential services such as water filtration and collection, soil formation, climate regulation, air purification and reduction of risk associated with natural disasters.
The amenity value of open space and scenic beauty increases as the urban areas expand. Vast areas of urban sprawl not only erode the available open space, but the absence of planning often results in insufficient green or open space for residents to enjoy.