No updates yet
- Public-private partner- and ownership
- Knowledge in participatory process management
- Network and knowledge exchange program (catchment forum)
- A sellable blueprint with guidelines for participatory resto
This knowledge exchange project has various outcomes:
- The Blueprint functions as guideline for participatory restoration processes leading to landowner initiatives;
- A Cost/benefit analysis for process methodology compared with current methodology;
- ATN is part of the multi-stakeholder PRESENCE network;
- Physical surrounding of the Kromme is improved towards a continuous hydrological situation;
- The national strategy to increase private restoration projects is supported and strengthened.
Details of current status
Various workshops have been conducted so far and all farmers have been interviewed. In a later stage all parties will enage for working towards a restoration plan of the catchment.
Details of project plan
Based on earlier community consultation, the project focusses on the Kromme River catchment in the Eastern Cape. The area is an important catchment area in supply water for regional municipal areas such as St. Francis Bay, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth.
The project will further strengthen the existing collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), through the Working for Water/Wetland Programs with Gamtoos irrigation Board as implementer of these programs.
The project will focus on mobilizing the South African government agencies and landowners towards restoring the landscape and promoting sustainable land use in the region. The restoration of the catchment is likely to be carried out on private lands. The project aims to strengthen collaborations on the landscape between all relevant stakeholders. For effective catchment restoration, the long-term cooperation of the farmers, landowners and the broader community is a necessity.
Through a systematic approach, various workshops, stakeholder visits and other activities the project aims to gain a better understanding of the issues faced. Furthermore the project aims to strengthen collaborations between all stakeholders on the landscape and offer restoration as a sustainable and viable landscape use.
The project has a strong connection with DEA’s "Working for" program that aims to end poverty by providing jobs, giving education and ensure that women are equally treated. The project aims to initiate private restoration projects by landowners. The program "Working for" will stimulate this with landowner incentives, which in terms of the program mean that landowners will get employees (man and woman) that are paid and get education through the "working for" program.
Restoration will increase water availability up- and downstream. This ensures more water for food production, industries and drinking water production. Secondly, restoration will ensure increased groundwater table, allowing the vegetation to grow better and therewith mitigate climate change. Increased vegetation furthermore retains soil fertility, needed for plant growth. Restoration of the catchments further increases ecosystem services provided by these catchments.
Related to this project
(Will open in new window)