Promoting informed decision-making in support of sustainable and equitable water use in a water-scarce, biodiversity-rich agricultural region of Southern Africa
FRC promotes biodiversity conservation of freshwater ecosystems by enhancing their resilience, adaptive capacity and restoration. The unprecedented effects of climate change, including unpredictable rainfall patterns and drought, have adversely affected river flows in catchment areas. The Olifants-Doring river system within the Cape Floristic Region is highly significant in terms of biodiversity conservation. Water resources are used for agricultural and human use, resulting in socio-ecological systems with complex dynamics including water scarcity, quality, quantity, equity and governance. Integrated, sustainable management requires bridging catchment and resource management efficiently. This project aims (1) to gather, collate and synthesise existing fragmented data sources and information relating to impacts of climate change on freshwater ecosystems and their associated biodiversity, including deliberations and discussions of present and future scenarios with stakeholders; (2) to proactively assist in developing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) by mobilising and capacitating stakeholders to identify climate change adaptation and resilience strategies through providing practical mechanisms; and (3) to develop and institutionalise information water management systems, including models for monitoring and feedback, which enhance efficiency, capacity and resilience of the interrelated ecosystems.
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