Major objectives are to:
▪ Gather baseline data on water provision and use, socio-economic data, and the threats to resiliency;
▪ Explore future scenarios with communities and improve water-related knowledge and management skills through education and outreach activities in order to move towards a sustainable future;
▪ Implement improved land- and water-use practices in the Matobo Hills, through rights-based and adaptive approaches, and monitor improvements to the functioning of the ecosystem;
▪ Improve and protect degraded wetlands though fencing and land rehabilitation techniques;
▪ Adapt grazing methodologies to improve land-use practices and reduce land degradation and siltation of sub-catchment water sources in the Limpopo River Basin.
Phase 1: Baseline data collection will cover environmental, biological, socio-economic and policy aspects of the Matobo Hills high-altitude catchment (MHHAC) area. Specific activities include environmental and biodiversity assessments of wetlands as well as socio-economic and water-use assessments which will include focus group sessions with community members. Data generated in this phase will be used to identify intervention sites, and will form the basis for monitoring and evaluating subsequent interventions.
Phase 2: Based on information gleaned during the first phase and building on relationships developed with communities in that time, activities that build resilience and improve water and land management will be implemented in two Wards per District and include land management practices and fencing of a natural wetland. Selection of Wards will be based on a number of criteria, including greatest need, potential impact both locally and downstream, and feasibility.
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