Title

Keeping the benefits flowing and growing: quantifying the benefits of wetlands in the upper Orange Senqu Basin

Document Type

Report

Publication details

Sullivan, CA, Macfarlane, D, Dickens, C, Mander, M, Bonjean, M, Teixeira-Leite, A & Pringe, C 2008, Keeping the benefits flowing and growing: quantifying the benefits of wetlands in the upper Orange Senqu Basin, report to NeWater, a project funded under the Sixth Research Framework of the European Union, Institute of Natural Resources, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Report available online at:

http://www.newater.uni-osnabrueck.de/index.php?pid=1065

Abstract

Background to the project This study has been carried out under the EU funded NeWater project, which aims to promote adaptive water management under uncertainty. During the early stakeholder consultation phase of the project, it was revealed that much concern existed about the condition of wetlands in the higher altitude areas of the Orange/Senqu basin, which were perceived as being of great importance for water resource management. It was also suggested that a knowledge gap existed which had prevented their adequate recognition and incorporation into water management processes of the region. This was particularly the case in the Lesotho Highlands. It was considered that possibly the main reason for this was that water resources managers did not appreciate the value of these wetlands and thus had not given them priority.