DID YOU KNOW?
Lake Fundudzi is a special spiritual place for the VhaVenda people. Major plans are currently underway to import more water to Limpopo to support mining development in the area.
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.
Large Scale Cultivation
Large scale cultivation of mono-crops such as sugar can reduce the amount of water available in rivers, wetlands and aquifers. These crops use more water than the natural vegetation and so stream flow is reduced and they require fertilizers and pesticides which can end up causing pollution. Sustainable farming of these crops needs to accommodate buffer zones around rivers and wetlands.
© COPYRIGHT WWF SOUTH AFRICA 2013-2017.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.