Dune Rehabilitation

One of the legacy projects of the 2010 Soccer World Cup has been the greening of Durban. Thousands of trees have been planted throughout the city and are starting to shoot with all the rain we’ve been having. What makes me even more excited, however, is the dune rehabilitation taking place along Durban’s kilometres of beach.

Previously, the beach met the promenade directly. A couple of years back, storm swells sent massive waves crashing into Durban, washing away sections of the promenade and damaging nearby restaurants. This, combined with fears of rising sea-levels, led to the idea behind the dune rehabilitation. Fences have been place around the new ‘dune’ areas, with pioneer plants and soil laid out between the fences. The wind has already blow sand into dune-like piles against the fences and, over the past few months, the plants in the dune area have taken off.

I jog along the promenade every week and I’ve also noticed many more birds and insects in the area. A really great project with hopefully lasting effect on the city of Durban.

4 Responses to Dune Rehabilitation

  1. emme December 17, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    YAY i also love this new look greener beachfront. on the southern beaches too, they’ve blocked off sections and planted them up. that’s great news that more birds are moving in.

  2. Niall December 17, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    yip, its changed the whole feel of the beaches. good work durban!

  3. Green Blog December 20, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Hi Niall,

    I found your site whilst surfing Flickr and think you’re doing a great job.

    I grew up near Wales in England and always remember visiting the sand dunes, they are such an important part of the coastline eco system.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Niall December 20, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    thanks Martin. just had a look at your blog, very informative!

    come visit the dunes in Durban 🙂

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