Awareness Campaign to educate the public through Videos and blogging how important it is for St Lucia Estuary to function as a tidal Estuary.
St. Lucia Estuary is one of South Africa's holiday hot spots that has suffered real serious ecological ànd environmental losses due to many varied reasons associated with human impact, changing weather patterns and the varied natural environments
The poor management of our river systems, natural waterways, flood plains, wetlands and rainfall catchment areas is a real problem that we can address through proper ecological management practices.
Domestic tourists who were the back bone of the Maputuland coastal region no longer see any real reason to visit the Greater St. Lucia wetland area, as they can no longer enjoy dooing the things that attracted them to the area in the first place.
Folks really miss the fishing, boating and nature based tourism activities that magically disappeared, one at a time, as the flood plains, water pàns, swamps and marshlands which feed fresh water into lake St. Lucia, stopped functioning as a natural filter and slow release sponge for the St. Lucia esturine system and surrounding water ways.
Poor agricultural practices in farm lands and bad land use management systems in plàce by the local municipalities in the rainfall catçhment areas , has allowed serious soil erosion to continue unabated leaving large volumes of heavy silt to enter the lake St. Lucia systems, càusing many long term issues with tidal water flow patterns at the St. Lucia estuary mouth and in the surrounding water ways.
Many people say that we need to let nature take its course, but that is a very short sighted and rather naive approach, as nature is unable to take its course after swamps have been drained, dams built and rivers diverted. We believe that it is irresponsible to leave nature to fend for itself, when humàn development has altered the natural order of things.
Human interests. Tidal water flow, sediment removal, fluctuating salinity levels, fish migratory patterns, sweet water inflow, water evaporation and biodiversity issues are some of the more complex issues that we as humans need to come to grips with when managing our estuaries along the South African coastline
The integrated Coastal Management Act mandates the three tiers of government ( national, provincial and municipal ) to each have their own estuary management plan in place, and it is our civic duty and constitutional obligation to ensure that these three levels of estuary management plans are implemented, in a bottom up manner, so as to ensure that the interests ànd problems of communities on the ground are considered, and introduced into the discussions at the earliest possible point.
As long as our various local population groups see no benefit from a functional ecosystem, they will have no interest of looking after it. So what benifits to lake St. Lucia. the St. Lucia estuary system and surrounding water ways bring to the Mtubatuba municipality.
The hospitality industry, where accommodation plays the primary role is where things start, and the passing trade associated with tourism is rather large here in tbe St. Lucia area.