Water availability is one of the most decisive factors that will affect the economic, social and environmental well-being of South Africa over the next decade, with huge economic development pressures and social upliftment challenges. Half of our river flow is supplied by a mere 8% of the land area of South Africa – this small area of land forms our vital water source areas. And yet only 16% of this land is formally protected! Our current growth and development requires a new way of planning to protect these precious natural assets to ensure that future generations inherit healthy landscapes and a water secure future for all.
WWF is also involved in driving water stewardship initiatives with both communities and corporations, identifying water risks and ensuring healthy water-supplying landscapes such as wetlands, as well as enabling water balance through the clearing of water-thirsty alien vegetation and restoring our river systems.
We must realise that water does not come from a dam, pipe or tap – and that water supply issues cannot be solved by building more dams or creating more infrastructure. It requires rehabilitating, maintaining and conserving the natural areas which form the critical catchments and ‘water factories’ for our country.
Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice Conference
In the news
It’s time to take the journey of our water
The return of WWF-SA’s Journey of Water campaign reminds us that water doesn’t come from a tap: It ...
WWF-Kenya board explores water issues in Cape winelands
We recently hosted the WWF-Kenya board, invited by WWF-SA chairperson Valli Moosa, to strengthen ...
World Water Day celebrated with blessing at Platteklip Stream
Interfaith leaders gathered at the Platteklip Washhouse in Cape Town for a Blessing of the Waters ...
Planning for a water insecure future
WWF South Africa recently teamed up with international leaders in scenario planning, the Boston ...
Decision to allow coal mining in Mabola Protected Environment of "deep concern"
WWF is deeply concerned that the Minister of Environmental Affairs has signed off an application ...