REstoration | Community
Gouritz Resilient Rivers Project
Goukou River Catchment, Hessequa Municipality
2018 – 2025
DOB Ecology, Cape Nature; Local stakeholders, Hessequa Municipality, CASIDRA, Working for Wetlands
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To reverse biodiversity loss and connect fragmented habitats in the in Gouritz River and Langeberg region (Riversdale-Herbertsdale-Ruiterbos) through restoration of high conservation value mountain, wetland, and river ecosystems, using multiple methods suited to different landscape management contexts.
This project focuses on restoration of ecologically valuable systems – which are largely located on private land – where limited or no systematic invasive plant eradication or other restoration programmes are being implemented.
Strong emphasis will be placed on experimentation and grounded research and development of innovative, efficient methods, building an evidence base to take to farmers and other stakeholders – with a focus on influencing them and changing behaviour. A mix of methodologies will be deployed, appropriate to different landscape management contexts. These include a mix of restoration methodologies, such as:
- Selective clearing of invasive alien plants;
- Chipping biomass and mulching for alien seed suppression
- Soil erosion control and regeneration interventions;
- Rehabilitation and revegetation using indigenous species;
- Creating wetland buffer zones
The project also has a strong focus on job creation and upskilling of staff and has provided work for an average of 50 individuals over the last 4 years.
Kezia is the Research and Rehabilitation Co-Ordinator and Nursery Manager for the Goukou Resilient River Project