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.


Goukou River Catchment, Hessequa Municipality

Project Period

2018 - 2021


Cape Nature; Local stakeholders

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)


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