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ATLAS of Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas in South Africa: Maps to support sustainable development of water resources
Expanded Title:The National Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas (NFEPA) project was a multi-partner project between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Water Research Commission (WRC), Department of Water Affairs (DWA), Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and South African National Parks (SANParks). The NFEPA project aimed to: 1. Identify Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas (hereafter referred to as ‘FEPAs’) to meet national biodiversity goals for freshwater ecosystems; and 2. Develop a basis for enabling effective implementation of measures to protect FEPAs, including freeflowing rivers. The NFEPA study responded to the high levels of threat prevalent in river, wetland and estuary ecosystems of South Africa. It provides strategic spatial priorities for conserving the country’s freshwater ecosystems and supporting sustainable use of water resources. These strategic spatial priorities are known as Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas, or ‘FEPAs’. Intended key users of NFEPA products include: the national departments of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs, catchment management agencies and their associated stakeholders, the national and provincial departments of agriculture, the Department of Mineral Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South African National Parks, bioregional programmes, provincial conservation agencies, provincial environmental affairs departments, municipalities, non-governmental organisations, conservancies and environmental consultants. The purpose of this report was to document the scientific methods and results used in generating the NFEPA map products, and describe the approach and concepts used to guide the project in developing an institutional basis for effective uptake of these maps.The project atlas and implementation manual are more appropriate tools for communicating the project results and outputs in a less technical manner.The project atlas and implementation manual are more appropriate tools for communicating the project results and outputs in a less technical manner. The Atlas of Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas packages the map products and provides a DVD of all NFEPA products and shapefiles. The Implementation Manual for Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas explains how to use NFEPA map products within the existing policy and legislation, and provides freshwater ecosystem management guidelines. Both the atlas and implementation manual are available from the Water Research Commission, or can be downloaded in electronic format from http://bgis.sanbi.org.
Date Published:01/08/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 500/11
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0146-4
ISBN Set No:978-1-4312-0148-8
Authors:Nel JL; Driver AL; Strydom WF; Maherry AM; Petersen C; Hill L; Roux DJ; Nienaber S; van Deventer H; Swartz ER; Smith-Adao LB
Project No:K5/1801
Organizations:South African National Biodiversity Institute; CSIR; SAIAB; WRC; WWF; SANParks; Department of Water Affairs; Department of Environmental Affairs; National Reseach Foundation
Document Size:34 409 KB
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