DID YOU KNOW?
The Outeniqua is the land of beer and honey, as all of South Africa's hops are grown in two small catchments in this area. Rainfall on the top of the Outeniqua averages 900 mm per annum while rainfall in the Klein Karoo is less than 300 mm – making the mountains an important source of water in the arid rain-shadow of the Klein Karoo.
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%.
Fires are a part of the natural life cycle of Fynbos, savannah and grasslands. But today we are seeing a very high frequency of fires, and that doesn’t allow enough time for natural ecosystems to recover. Higher intensity and frequency of fires means that precious soil is eroded more easily and washed away.
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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