Goukou Resilient River
To reverse biodiversity loss and connect fragmented habitats of the Goukou River system through wetland restoration and clearing of invasive alien plants.
About the initiative:
This project sees the restoration of an entire river system from catchment to coast – which is largely located on private land – where limited or no systematic alien eradication programmes are being implemented.
Invasive alien plant infestations are increasing rapidly and have a severe impact on water supply to downstream communities, pose a great fire risk, and are a threat to South Africa’s natural biodiversity.
Activities to be undertaken:
- 700 hectare mountain catchment and 350 hectare lowland riverine habitat cleared of invasive alien plants
- Active rehabilitation of disturbed Palmiet wetlands
- Improved wetland functioning in the river system; increased water run-off released into river and estuary
- Training and employment in ecosystem restoration of currently unemployed people through independent contractor teams
- Strengthened network of partners mandated to sustainably manage the Goukou River System
- Progress towards a comprehensive Ecological Reserve determination of the Goukou River System
Invasive Alien Plants (IAPs)