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Cape Town to Restore Native Shrubland for Water

Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers.

Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water for the city's consumption, said Colin Apse, director for freshwater conservation in Africa at the Nature Conservancy, a U.S.-based nonprofit group that is working with Cape Town on the fund.

David Stanley

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