D’MOSS is designed to maintain:

  • As many functional ecosystems as possible

  • The widest range of open space types (e.g. grassland, forests, wetland)

  • Physical links between open spaces to allow for the flow of genetic material, energy, water and nutrients.

  • Physical links to and between significant sources of biodiversity (e.g. Pondoland and Maputaland centres of plant diversity) to prevent local species extinctions in the eThekwini Municipal Area.

  • Physical links along the coast, connecting river catchments to marine sources of biodiversity.

D’MOSS boundaries do change, usually for one of the following reasons:

  1. The attrition of the D’MOSS as a result of development
     
  2. The addition of areas to the D’MOSS as a result of mitigation measures imposed during the development approval process
     
  3. Changes to the composition of habitats as a result of ecological disturbance

Land identified as environmentally sensitive may be viewed on City Maps on the Home Page of the municipality’s website www.durban.gov.za