DID YOU KNOW?
The Groot Winterhoek and Cederberg Mountains are a critical water source area and a biodiversity hotspot. Hosting the Doring River (the longest free-flowing river in the Western Cape), the area is also known for the greatest collection of San rock art in the country, and is home to the Cape Mountain Leopard.
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.
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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