Monavale Wetland

Abdim Stork at  Monavale Vlei
COSMO Kids Club at Monavale Vlei

Monavale Wetland

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  • Area: 
    507 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    17°48'S 31°00'E
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The Monavale Wetland, also known as the Monavale vlei, is an urban wetland characterized by miombo woodlands. It plays an important role in the fragile ecosystem of the Manyame catchment basin, the main supplier of water for the city of Harare and its suburbs. It supports a variety of birds, mammals, rodents, amphibians and reptiles including the near-threatened Cape clawless otter Aonyx capensis and many other wetland-dependant animals which maintain the biological diversity of the Site. The other hydrological functions of Monavale include water storage, groundwater recharge and water purification. There is an active local community-based organization, which spearheads the management of the wetland and offers training in wetland rehabilitation and restoration. Other human activities include agriculture and crop farming.

Administrative region: 
Harare Metropolitan Province

  • National legal designation: 
    • Protected wetland area (GN380, 2013) - Monavale Wetland
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