Langebaan Lagoon saved from port expansion project – Two and a half years of intensive, high profile lobbying by BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife Partner) and its partners has saved the internationally important wetlands of Langebaan Lagoon and the Saldanha Bay area from a port development project. Langebaan Lagoon is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and Ramsar site, and regularly supports more than 34,500 waders.
BirdLife South Africa worked with representatives of BirdLife West Coast and the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve – with financial support from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) – to appeal to the Ramsar Secretariat, and lobby the media to raise the profile of the threat.
“BirdLife South Africa’s successful lobbying for the proper management and protection of Langebaan Lagoon represents one small victory for the environment”, said Carolyn Ah Shene-Verdoorn – BirdLife South Africa’s Policy & Advocacy Division Manager. “However, the battle is far from over as the threats remain on the increase for our Important Bird Areas around the country”.