Die Knersvlakte Natuurreservaat is naby Vanrhynsdorp geproklameer om Namakwalandse plantegroei te beskerm wat nêrens elders in die wêreld voorkom nie.
Die 85,000 hektaar gebied is die tuiste vir 1,500 plantspesies, waarvan 190 endemies is. Altesaam 155 hiervan word deur uitwissing bedreig, en is baie sensitief vir klimaatsverandering.
Die volksname van sommige van die vetplante is buitengewoon, maar baie beskrywend soos krapogies, bababoutjies en duim-en-vingers
Dr Morné du Plessis, hoofbestuurder van WWF South Africa,se: “We are celebrating an extremely vital moment in our country’s conservation history by protecting this seemingly desolate, largely under-appreciated area. This land holds immense biodiversity, and its plants have adapted to the arid hot climate making them beautifully unique.”
Gail Cleaver-Christie, CapeNature’s Executive Director of Conservation Management, said: “This is a truly wonderful achievement for conservation in South Africa. The diversity and high numbers of endemic plant species (in the reserve) make the Knersvlakte a region of international importance with research being done by both local and international botanists. In the last five years, the number of known endemic plant species has increased from 138 to 186, which is an indicator of active research and interest in the Knersvlakte. New species are still being discovered.”
The reserve area is owned by WWF-SA through the funding of the Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust and is managed by CapeNature with an advisory board comprising South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), CapeNature and local landowners.
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