DUCT | WWF South Africa


One of the key challenges around ecosystems management in South Africa is a disconnect between science, people and the management of natural resources. Though we are knowledgeable about specific environmental issues; there is a lack of understanding of the system as a whole and the linkages between human activities and environmental health.

Communities, industries and individuals are often ignorant of how their actions affect ecosystem health and the supply of ecosystem goods and services. The ‘Adopt-a-River’ concept aims to overcome the disconnect between science, people and the management of natural resources by creating awareness around river health through environmental education and ‘championing’ a sense of ownership and responsibility for the environment. By providing society (youth, communities/civil society, business) with the tools of science, our objective is to empower, manage and monitor our ecosystems. The outcomes of the proposed project will contribute towards the maintenance and restoration of freshwater ecosystems.

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