• Staff writer


Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari supports the call for ecological restoration as it is critical in addressing infrastructure and sustainability challenges in Africa. This refers to water security and adapting to climate change, amongst other issues. For over ten years, the company has been providing planning and engineering support for government’s Working for Wetlands programme, and has also undertaken studies that highlight the benefits of catchments and the management of invasive alien plants.

The benefits of ecological restoration have been integrated into Zutari’s water resource management and planning projects, including catchment management strategies in Malawi and Kenya.

Ecological restoration is also a critical component of asset transformation and mine closure in Africa. Zutari is currently involved with the closure of the Rietspruit Colliery in Mpumalanga, where rehabilitation is taking place.

Zutari is a member of the Impact Catalyst initiative in collaboration with Anglo American, the CSIR, Exxaro, the IDC, Office of the Premier in Limpopo and World Vision South Africa. The initiative is driving socio-economic development to strengthen local communities and promote long-term sustainability.

Ecosystem restoration means assisting the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving those that are still intact. Healthier ecosystems with richer biodiversity yield greater benefits such as more fertile soils, bigger yields of timber and fish, and larger stores of greenhouse gases.


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