Rivers of Life Aquatic Health Services is an applied research and environmental solutions organization providing water resources management, conservation and fisheries management services in Africa.
Rivers of Life is operated from White River in South Africa and has centers based at the University of Mpumalanga and University of KwaZulu-Natal. Our team of specialist scientists are dedicated to the generation of knowledge and provision of environmental solutions to contribute to the sustainable use and protection of Africa’s vulnerable water resources and the people who depend on them.
Rivers of Life was established in 2008 and is being implemented by its team of specialist scientists and Dr. Gordon O’Brien who is a professional scientist at the University of Mpumalanga, Director of Rivers of Life and an Honorary Researcher of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The University of Mpumalanga has recently been established in 2013 with a vision to become an African university, leading in creating opportunities for sustainable development through innovation. The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a world leading African university and aspires to become a premier university of African scholarship. Rivers of Life has an MOU with the University of KwaZulu-Natal to co-implement the programme.
Rivers of Life scientists based at the University of Mpumalanga and University of KwaZulu-Natal have access to state of the art laboratories and equipment for a wide range of aquatic ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, conservation, hydrology and hydraulic engineering research.
Our four research themes are: