DID YOU KNOW?
The Boland Mountains hosts the Breede River, the largest river in the Western Cape, and a key resource for economic activities in the region, such as agriculture. The area is also SA's frog hotspot with the most frog species, including mossy, marsh and the micro frog, which is only 1cm long.
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 7% of South Africa’s available water resources. In some catchments, this can be as high as 20%.
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.
Climate change is predicted to exacerbate risks associated with water scarcity and quality. Models show that the western parts of the country will receive less rain, whereas the central and eastern areas will receive more variable rainfall with more intense rainfall events.
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