Water plays a crucial role in supporting Lesotho’s economy, fueling the country’s agriculture, trade, and livelihoods. As climate change makes water cycles less predictable, Lesotho’s economy will have to adapt to changing rainfall patterns and water availability.
Coral reefs are among the ocean’s most biologically diverse and ecologically important habitats. While they are vital to the survival of many marine species as well as the economy and food security of many coastal communities, they are threatened by pollution, global climate change, overfishing, and natural disasters.
The Olifants and its contributing waterways are critical for supporting life in the Limpopo River Basin. Yet unchecked pollution, inappropriate land and resource use, weak and poorly enforced policies and regulations, and poor protection of habitats and biodiversity are degrading the Olifants at an alarming rate. Improved water security, wise resource management, and healthy ecosystems are necessary to continue to support livelihoods and resilient economic development.
As the changing climate increasingly threatens food security, biodiversity, and general livelihood, the South African community is being brought together to learn about how they can live more sustainably and prepare for inevitable ecological change.
Last updated: October 23, 2014