Developing a freshwater biodiversity information system for evaluating long‐term change in rivers in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa
The Cape Critical Rivers (CCR) Project is a ground-breaking initiative that aims to bridge biodiversity conservation with water resource management in the Western Cape, South Africa in original ways. Supported by the Save Our Species (SOS) fund, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Drylands Conservation and Source to Sea Programmes are working with project partners, CapeNature, the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation, Northern Cape (DENC) and the Freshwater Research Centre (FRC) towards protecting threatened freshwater ecosystems and species in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). Its primary objective is to support the implementation of Biodiversity Management Plans (BMPs) for two endangered CFR freshwater fish species: the Clanwilliam sandfish and the Barrydale redfin. One of the gaps identified during public consultations was that there are insufficient resources among the local authorities to implement the BMPs. This project aims to fill that gap and capacitate the authorities to protect Cape rivers and the endangered species they support.
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