The MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
C/O The Chief Executive Officer
Private Bag x29
Attention: Ms M Keys
Letter of support for intention to declare the Moutonshoek Protected Environment in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003.
In response to the notice in theWestern Cape Provincial Gazette No P.N. 3/2016 (15 January 2016) I would like to take the opportunity to engage in the public participation process currently underway and hereby supply my written support for the declaration of the Moutonshoek area in the Western Cape as a formal Protected Environment.
It is crucial to act decisively to protect our fresh water resources. The Krom Antonies River flows through the Moutonshoek valley and on into the Verlorenvlei wetland and estuary. This river is the main source of water for the Verlorenvlei estuary. Verlorenvlei is recognised internationally as a Ramsar wetland and as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Declaration of the Moutonshoek Protected Environment will afford a level of formal protection to the immediate area and will contribute significantly to securing the freshwater supply for downstream users.
Additional reasons to support the declaration include:
I fully support the intended declaration of the Moutonshoek as a Protected Environment.