The World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature has identified South Africa as one of the 30 driest countries in the world.

The WWF says half of the water in the country’s rivers and dams comes from only 8% of the water source areas.

The WWF has organised a Swim for Nature event, at the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town as today marks World Water Day.

Christine Colvin of the WWF South Africa Fresh Water Programme says the protection of Strategic Water Source Areas is vital.

“We need to make sure that we much more quickly have a government catchment management agency that is coordinating development decisions affecting these areas, we need to start improving the current land use, particularly with agriculture and forestry and making sure that we really get best practice that enables the highest water yields to come out of these areas,” says Colvin.

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