Bitou Valley Wetland Corridor Project, Plettenberg Bay

The Bitou River falls within the Cape Floristic Kingdom and is recognized as a high biodiversity priority in the region. The Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative, in partnership with the Garden Route Initiative, has identified this area as a priority biodiversity area.

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The Bitou River (23km long) and Wetland lies in a ‘north-south’ valley just east of the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay on the southern coast of South Africa. Its catchment is 237km² in extent. The Bitou River and wetland area is thus part of the greater Keurbooms Estuary. Activities in the Bitou system which affect the normal flow of the river will impact on the Keurbooms and its associated fauna and flora.

The Wetland Corridor Project is a resource for the people of the Bitou Valley and has enormous potential to benefit the local people through tourism initiatives, and misuse of the system could have dire consequences for the people of the Valley as well as the Keurbooms Estuary.


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