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areas to livestock grazing is estimated at R3,6 million per year. Tourism related to the St Lucia estuary area employs an estimated 1291 direct full-time equivalent jobs and 6924 indirect jobs. There are about 510 000 visitors to the study area per annum, of whom 42% are foreign visitors, that spend R46 million on an estimated 157 000 tourism activities from local operators. iSimangaliso has not been idle in working towards the hydrological restoration of Africa’s greatest wetland. Cyclone Engineering, the company awarded a R10 million contract to remove 100 000m3 of dredge spoil (sand, silt and vegetation) that was placed in the natural course of the uMfolozi River impeding its flow into Lake St Lucia, is establishing site. This is the biggest wetland rehabilitation in South Africa, and a milestone in the healing of the Lake St Lucia Estuary. With the support of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and World Bank, a further R20 million has been allocated to iSimangaliso to continue the work of restoring Africa’s largest estuarine system. If you would like further information, the following link offers additional insight: http://isimangaliso.com/ newsflash/isimangaliso-signs-historic-contract-torestore-lake-st-lucia/ Andrew Zaloumis CEO, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Internationalization of RhODIS® and eRhODISTM as benchmark forensic tools to combat wildlife crime University of Pretoria, South Africa Science and Tech Type: DNA Analysis or Databases The DNA- and IT-based Rhino DNA Indexing System (RhODIS®) and Electronic Rhino DNA Indexing System (eRhODISTM) provide forensic tracing for African rhinoceroses and their parts (including horns), linking parts back to source animals and criminals to specific crimes. DNA samples collected are frequently of varying quality, held up by red tape, or face chain-of-custody issues. An international system that standardizes DNA and data-collection processes and facilitates delivery to forensic testing labs may help authorities better monitor illegal trade involving rhinos. The project aims to increase its impact through development and validation of an internationally available rhinoceros nuclear DNA analysis kit. The Team: RhODIS is led by the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. The team includes a chief analyst, six technicians, two administrative staff members, a systems developer, and a quality manager. The Problem: although adopted by all the African Rhinoceros Range States, RhODIS® has received samples from less than 50 percent of media-reported horn seizures. Solution Partners: the South African National Parks, which provided initial project funding, and the South African Police Service. 2016 MARCH 25