The Kouga and Kromme catchments, known as the Langkoof, lie adjacent to the Baviaanskloof catchment. Seventy percent of the water supply to Port Elizabeth comes from the Kouga, Baviaans and Kromme catchments. Degradation due to unsustainable farming and alien invasive trees threatens this catchment. We have been working in Langkloof for the past six years. We have built a strong knowledge base in the area as well as developed networks among farmers, communities, municipalities and businesses.
Together with our partners from DEA:NRM and Grounded we are setting up collaborations to facilitate investments and shift to a green economy that can improve social well being and the provision of ecosystem services through piloting new composting practices, honey bush farming and innovative erosion control. In parallel, a participatory hydrological model is being developed, in partnership with SAEON and the University of the Western Cape, to foster social learning and group decision-making in catchment management and find solutions to restore and sustainably manage the degraded landscape.