DID YOU KNOW?
A rich source area, the Southern Drakensberg hosts three of the highest mountains in South Africa. The latest Ramsar site, the uMngeni Vlei can also be found here, while the country's longest free-flowing river, the Mkomazi, starts at this source.
Free flowing rivers
Interbasin transfer systems
Supplies water to
Unsustainable land use practices pose a major threat to ecosystems and the livelihood of local communities. Land use that damage flood plains, river banks, and wetlands reduce the regulating capacity of catchments and increase erosion and sediment loads in rivers as well as the risk of flooding.
Large Scale Plantations
Badly managed tree plantations cause serious environmental and social problems through the clearing of natural forests, destruction of wetlands and invasion by alien plants. Additionally, because they are often alien plant mono-cultures they consume large amounts of water.
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