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Bonani Madikizela 
An international award for miniSASS biomonitoring to WESSA and GroundTruth

The KwaZulu-Natal Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) received international recognition for its outstanding contribution to the development of an innovative platform, namely, the miniSASS biomonitoring tool, for citizens to measure and express their concerns around water quality and service delivery. The award was issued on 29 November 2013 at an international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the United Nations University, WESSA and GroundTruth, on behalf of the KwaZulu-Natal RCE. This prestigious award was received by Tich Pesanayi (WESSA: SADC-REEP).

The awards are open to all RCE’s, of which there are 120 world-wide, in more than 50 countries.  The miniSASS biomonitoring project now boasts a Google Earth platform for entering and displaying monitoring data, which enables all of the results to be visible in the public domain.  The research on miniSASS is being supported by the Water Research Commission (WRC), and the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is an implementing partner in this important ‘citizen science’ process.

This international award from the United Nations University is the second award that miniSASS has received in 2013.  In September of the same year the Water Research Commission recognised the miniSASS project for the “Community Empowerment Award”.

To learn how to sample the health of your river, submit your own river health data, and gain access to a host of supporting resource materials, visit: www.minisass.org 

Contact:  Mark Graham, GroundTruth, email:mark@groundtruth.co.za


Tich Pesanayi ,WESSA: SADC-REEP
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