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Biodiversity Talk – The Restoration of the Lake St Lucia Estuary


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Lake St Lucia is South Africa’s largest estuary and is the core of the country’s first World Heritage Site – The iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The restoration project to restore estuary function is the largest of its kind in the country. This talk will weave the story of the estuary’s history, present and future using pictures of its fantastic plant and animal populations to illustrate the story.


Presenter:  Nicolette Forbes

Nicolette Forbes is an ecologist with MER.   Having started her career in 1992 as a lecturer at the University of Natal, Durban now University of KwaZulu-Natal and working with mangroves in the estuaries of KZN, her perspective shifted to the broader environment in which the mangroves were growing and her work over the last 27 years has been focussed on the investigation of estuary function and.  This work was recognised over a decade ago by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa who selected her for the Conservationist of the Year Award in 2007 for her work in KZN.  Her experience has seen this accumulated research with KwaZulu-Natal coastal zone habitats, culminate in the restoration project within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.  This work, focussed on restoring key processes to this important coastal area to initiate changes in landscape level function.  The work has twice been presented internationally at the Society for Ecological Restoration Symposium in the Brazil and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference in the USA.  More recently Nicolette and her colleague Bronwyn James of iSimangaliso were selected as the winners of the 2017 National Wetland Award in the Research and Science category which recognises “people who have made a significant contribution towards wetland scientific research providing a sound basis for informed management action strengthening water security”.

This is a joint venture presentation in partnership with Everton Conservancy.

Entry Fee: R60 for non-members and R40 for conservancy members – funds raised will be used in local environmental projects