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Unemployment reduced. Gender equity improved. Fragile ecosystem restored.
That’s the story out of Leliefontein, a town in the South African region of Namaqualand.
At least, it’s part of the story. As with any conservation project, this one comes with its complications and challenges, which Conservation International’s Esther Engelbrecht does not shy away from discussing in her blog post.
As she writes, looking out across 3,000 shallow holes in the ground, “…this pitted landscape — aimed at catching water and reducing erosion — is about more than rejuvenating barren soil. These tiny holes, it turns out, are small blows against a stubborn social divide in South Africa.”
Cassandra Kane is a staff writer for Conservation International.
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