In this theme, we endeavor to make a meaningful contribution to the understanding of multiple stressors to ecological and social components of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems we care about.
This includes the development of evidence based ecological risk assessment procedures for regional scale holistic multi-stressor application where the dynamics of ecosystems are incorporated. In this theme, we have established internationally recognised ecological risk assessment and E-flow tools that have been used locally and abroad.
Within this theme we have established numerous international collaborations with scientists and institutions in North America, Europe, Australia and in Africa. In this theme, we monitor and report on the well-being of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems.
Current projects include:
- BRICS collaborative programme – GLOWSENS.
- Limpopo eflows project.
- Risk assessment of multiple stressors affecting the Kaap River.
- Ecological assessment of the lower uMvoti River and Estuary.
- Olifants ecological risk assessment.
- Risk framework for multiple stressors and integrated sustainability management of the trans-boundary water resources of the Inkomati Basin, southern Africa.
- Water, land and ecosystems – sustainable agriculture and water resources in the Limpopo catchment.