DID YOU KNOW?
The Amatole area is home to sacred forests and mountains for the Gcaleka people. Only 33% of households in the Eastern Cape have taps inside the home, therefore shared and natural sources are critical.
92% of the water supplied to King William's Town and East London is derived from the Amatole water source area.
This water source arealoses a substantial 6% of its water to invasive alien trees.
Free flowing rivers
Interbasin transfer systems
Supplies water to
Alien Invasive Vegetation
Invasive alien trees that have spread through large parts of our country consume more than 2.9% of available water resources. In some catchments, water losses are higher than 25%. These losses contribute to biodiversity loss by crowding out indigenous species, devastating surrounding ecosystem.
Unsustainable land use practices pose a major threat to ecosystems and the livelihood of local communities. It damages flood plains, river banks and wetlands, reducing the regulating capacity of catchments and increasing erosion and sediment loads. This raises the risk of flooding.
Fires are a part of the natural lifecycle of the Fynbos, savannah and grasslands but a higher frequency of fires doesn't allow enough time for natural ecosystems to recover. The impact is exacerbated by the presence of invasive alien trees that burn hotter and longer, causing greater damage to property and the environment. Higher intensity and frequency of fires means that precious soil is eroded and more easily washed away.
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