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Restoration of wetlands on the Agulhas Plain is unlikely to generate peat

dc.contributor.authorMills, Anthonyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Rolanden_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-12T11:17:54Z
dc.date.available2019-12-12T11:17:54Z
dc.date.issued2018-02
dc.identifier.citationMills, A. & Hunter, R. 2018. Restoration of wetlands on the Agulhas Plain is unlikely to generate peat. South African Journal of Science, 114(1/2), Art. #a0252, doi:10.17159/sajs.2018/a0252en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/sajs.2018/a0252
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/107345
dc.descriptionCITATION: Mills, A. & Hunter, R. 2018. Restoration of wetlands on the Agulhas Plain is unlikely to generate peat. South African Journal of Science, 114(1/2), Art. #a0252, doi:10.17159/sajs.2018/a0252.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://sajs.co.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractWetlands in the Nuwejaars Special Management Area (NSMA) on the Agulhas Plain of South Africa are classified as Western Cape Floodplain Wetlands1 and are characterised by dense stands of palmiet (Prionium serratum L.f.). Invasions of alien plants and construction of infrastructure are resulting in considerable degradation of ecosystem services emanating from the wetlands. Large-scale restoration – by removing alien plants and rehydrating soils – is constrained by funding, and consequently new income streams from restored wetland landscapes need to be investigated. One option is to sequester carbon and generate carbon credits during the wetland restoration process. The economic viability of this option largely depends on the amount of carbon that could be sequestered. Previous studies of Western Cape Floodplain Wetlands have found that the carbon content of soils in wetlands with palmiet is surprisingly variable (e.g. ~1.3% in the Kromme River versus ~24% in the Goukou River). In general, however, wetlands in the Western Cape do not usually have a carbon content of more than 10%, possibly because of the rapid decomposition of organic matter during the hot, dry summer months.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.sajs.co.za/article/view/4348
dc.format.extent3 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectOrganic soilen_ZA
dc.subjectSoil restoration -- South Africa -- Western Province -- Agulhas plainen_ZA
dc.subjectCarbon offsetting -- South Africa -- Western Province -- Agulhas plainen_ZA
dc.subjectWetland conservation -- South Africa -- Western Province -- Agulhas plainen_ZA
dc.subjectPeat soilsen_ZA
dc.titleRestoration of wetlands on the Agulhas Plain is unlikely to generate peaten_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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