Resources

Overview

Overview of AWARD Resources

A variety of materials in various formats can be downloaded and used as either reference material or guidelines for specific practices. This overview brochure explains how the resources are organized. Project activities are arranged according to four colour-coded thematic or focus areas (land, water, climate change, institutional support) – a list of resources relevant to each focus area can be found in that area. Resources can also be searched for according to the type of resource (booklet, technical report, etc.) – see tabs below.

Flyers & Brochures

Our Olifants: Resilience in the Limpopo Basin

– AWARD

This first overview brochure of the USAID:RESILIM Olifants project as implemented by AWARD explains the project during Phase 1.

Reducing the vulnerability of people and ecosystems in the Olifants catchment

– AWARD

An overview of the USAID:RESILIM Olifants project as implemented by AWARD.

Our Olifants Overview brochure

– AWARD

First overview of the USAID:RESILIM Olifants project as implemented by AWARD in Portuguese.

Understanding the Olifants as a system.

How people think affects what they do.
– Charles Chikunda & Derick du Toit

This brochure explains activity systems theory and how it can be applied to the Olifants catchment for building resilience.

Harnessing monitoring & evaluation for learning. Experiences from the RESILIM-O Program 2019

– Karen Kotschy, Vhutshilo Mudau, Eureta Rosenberg

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) system was developed by AWARD, MERL staff and members of the program’s reference group, with support from USAID. This brochure describes the basics of the MERL system in this brochure.

Capacity Building for Civil Society Social Learning for Management of the Olifants Catchment

– EMG 

This project summary explains the details of the Changing Practice – Olifants course run by the EMG, ELRC and SAWC with AWARD.

LBCIN: Limpopo Basin Curriculum Innovation Network

– Rhodes ELRC

This fold-up brochure explains how the institution partners are involved in the LBCIN.

Curriculum Innovation for  Institutions of Higher Learning

– Rhodes ELRC

This project summary provides an overview of the curriculum innovation in six institutions of higher learning.

Flow Tracker. A near real-time flow and dam monitoring app for the Olifants river catchment

– Hugo Retief and Sharon Pollard

Flow Tracker for the Olifants River is the first of its kind. It enables near real-time flow and dam monitoring, and includes a weather forecast facility.

An Integrated Water Resources Decision Support System for the Olifants Catchment: Facilitating real-time monitoring, early warning and systemic decision-making for water resources – INWARDS

– Hugo Retief & Sharon Pollard

First  real-time monitoring and integrated water resources management approach for the Olifants Catchment aimed at decision-makers and water resource practitioners.

Networks for Collaborative, Systemic Action in the Middle Olifants River Catchment

– IWR Rhodes & AWARD

This project summary documents the establishment and running of networks for water management in the middle Olifants catchment.

Overview of water quality and quantity in the Olifants River catchment 

– Hugo Retief & Sharon Pollard with Neil Griffin, Caroline Palmer, Stephen Mallory
& Manuel Magombeyi

This overview presents an analysis of water quality and quantity for the Olifants River Catchment in a user-friendly format.

Status Quo of Wastewater Treatment in the Olifants River Basin

– Katy Hansen & Sharon Pollard

This first summary of wastewater management on the basis of the Olifants catchment rather than municipal boundaries gives an idea of the waste-water load in the Olifants system.

Mangrove Restoration & Livelihood Support in Mozambique [Limpopo River Estuary]

– CDS (AGUA) & AWARD 

This project summary explains the efforts of project partner CDS in the restoration of the estuarine mangroves in Mozambique.

Using What We Have Wisely! A Water Conservation & Water Demand Management Strategy for Maruleng Municipality

– WA Wegelin & Derick du Toit

Research indicates water losses are in excess of 50% in some municipalities. To address potential water shortages, reduce losses and increase the security of supply, all municipalities need to develop a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) strategy.

Water Conservation & Demand Management under Climate Change 

– WRP & AWARD

This project summary gives an overview of water conservation and water demand management in two local municipalities in the Olifants catchment.

A Water Balance for Municipalities … Made Easy

– WA Wegelin, M Raletjena & AWARD

This brochure provides a summary of the guidelines for calculating a municipal water balance with a specific focus on the IWA methodologies adopted, basic information required, audit trails, components of authorised consumption, connections, shortcomings of various key performance indicators, interpretation of results and common errors.

The Silent Killer? Wastewater Treatment Plants

– Water Group Pty Ltd & AWARD 

A turnaround plan for wastewater management in Mopani District.

A Turnaround Plan for Municipal Waste Water Treatment Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality 

– Water Group & AWARD

This project summary documents the development of a turnaround plan for Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality.

Capacity Development of Restoration Practitioners in Geographic Information Systems [GIS] 

– Silindile Mtshali, Jan Graf & Reuben Thifhulufhelwi

This report summarizes the GIS capacity development and training of restoration practitioners carried out under the RESILIM O Blyde Restoration Project during 2019.

Capacity Development for Sustainable Forestry Management

– INR & AWARD 

This project summary outlines the capacity building programme for plantation managers in the upper Olifants catchment.

Blyde Restoration Custodianship

– K2C & AWARD 

This project summary describes a collective partnership to restore the upper reaches of the Blyde River and Klaserie River catchments.

Conservation-Based Entrepreneurship Enhancing Resilience of Ecosystems, People & Biodiversity [Olifants Catchment]

– INR & AWARD

This project summary explains the exploration of conservation-based entrepreneurship in the Legalameetse Nature Reserve with claimant communities.

A Guideline for Identifying and Planning Resource-Based Beneficiation Initiatives

– INR

This Z-fold brochure summarises a process for identifying and planning resource-based benefaction initiatives.

Realising the Benefits from Nature: An introduction to business planning

– INR

This Z-fold brochure summarises how to develop a business plan for nature-based business.

Oli Enterprises, Integrating Biodiversity and Entrepreneurship in the Olifants Catchment

– INR

This Z-fold brochure explains the links between biodiversity and entrepreneurship in the Olifants catchment.

How is the Climate Changing in the Olifants River Catchment?

– AWARD

This flyer shares the results of an analysis of historical trends and climate projections for the Olifants River Catchment.

Core Concepts for Climate Change Thinking in the Olifants Catchment

– Ancois de Villiers & Sharon Pollard

In this brochure, simple graphics convey the important concepts behind understanding climate change.

Tabataba ya phetogo ya tlelaemete – A4

– Ancois de Villiers & Sharon Pollard

In this Sepedi brochure simple graphics convey the important concepts behind understanding climate change.

Tabataba ya phetogo ya tlelaemete – A5

– Ancois de Villiers & Sharon Pollard

In this Sepedi brochure simple graphics convey the important concepts behind understanding climate change.

Soil and Water Conservation in Agroecology – What can we as farmers do?

– Sharon Pollard & Derick du Toit

This brochure for farmers and practitioners aims to support the practices of agroecology by providing a simple framework (the five fingers of a hand) for remembering five key agroecology principles

Agriculture Support Initiative Lower Olifants: Project Summary 

– AWARD & Mahlathini Development Foundation

Summary of a project for increased adaptive capacity and climate change resilience  in eight villages of the Lower Olifants River.

Climate Adaptation in Small-Scale Agriculture [Middle Olifants Catchment]

– AWARD & UKUVUNA

This is a project summary of the AgriSI project in Sekhukhune District, Olifants Catchment.

How is the climate changing the Olifants River Catchment?

– Ancois de Villiers

This brochure shares the results of a localised analysis of historical trends and climate projections for the Olifants River Catchment summarised in the technical brief An analysis of historical and projected climate for the Olifants River Catchment.

Dialogues for Climate Change Literacy & Adaptation

This flyer describes a dialogue process designed to support the embedding of climate change and adaptation discussions across sectors.

Guidelines

No Civil Action Without Support: Principles for Practice:

The Civil Society Organisations Support Initiative
– Derick du Toit, Stella Horgan, William Mponwana & Tebogo Mathebula

This guideline is for supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) to develop action competence in addressing community problems. The principles are gathered from CSOs in the Olifants catchment, South Africa.

Catchment Management Forums: A Guideline for Developing Charters of Agreement

– Derick du Toit, Derek Weston & Eddie Riddel

Guidelines to establish and run forums according to agreed principles.

Co-Management of Protected Areas

– AWARD

The focus of this policy and practice brief is on co-management of protected areas using the experience gained in Legalameetse.

Community participation and engaging with government

– Lilian Goredema, Charles Chikunda, Thabang Mohale

These guidelines are for communities that have claimed land in protected areas within South Africa, and are in the process of negotiating or have already negotiated partnerships with the government management agencies for managing protected areas.

A Guideline to Legislation Influencing Co-Management

– Lilian Goredema

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an overview of the key laws and policies that influence co-management in South Africa, for communities who have claimed land in protected areas.

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality Biodiversity Sector Plan Handbook 2019

– Deborah Vromans, Stephen Holness, Derick du Toit and William Mponwana

To ensure sustainable development, biodiversity must, by law, be taken into account when developing spatial planning tools (e.g. spatial development frameworks, land use schemes) or when authorizing land development applications (e.g. rezoning applications, environmental impact assessments). These guidelines aim to assist spatial planners with these tasks.

Maruleng Local Municipality Biodiversity sector plan handbook 2019

– Deborah Vromans, Stephen Holness, Derick du Toit and William Mponwana 

To ensure sustainable development, biodiversity  must, by law, be taken into account when developing spatial planning tools (e.g. spatial development frameworks, land use schemes) or when authorizing land development applications (e.g. rezoning applications, environmental impact assessments). These guidelines aim to assist spatial planners with these tasks.

A Guide to the Spatial Planning & Land Use Management Act [SPLUMA]

– William Mponwana

An easy reference to the most important law governing spatial planning in South Africa.

Understanding Land Use Planning as an Activity System A Guideline for Spatial Planners 

– Charles Chikunda, William Mponwana & Derick du Toit

The RESILIM biodiversity working group adopted an activity system approach for the integration of biodiversity into land-use planning. This document summarises this approach.

Embedding Climate Change Adaptation within Local Government

– AWARD

The focus of this policy and practice brief is on embedding climate change in municipal planning and actions.

Training Manuals

Field book: Exploring Biodiversity in Landuse Planning & Enterprise Development for the Moletele Youth Programme  

– William Mponwana & Derick du Toit

This is a fieldbook made up of six modules for exploring biodiversity, land use planning and enterprise development based on biodiversity.

Booklets

Who are we? Profiles of Civil Society Organisations of the Olifants Catchment

– Derick du Toit, Stella Horgan, Tebogo Mathebula, Admire Mohlala

We introduce some of the members of the Civil Society Organisation Support Initiative and the work they do in the Olifants catchment.

Olifants River Catchment Civil Society Organisations Position Statement Jan 2018

– Olifants CSOs

This booklet provides a statement of position developed by over 80 CSOs operative in the Olifants catchment.

Changing Practice Project Assignments

Corporate Compliance of the Twickenham Mine

– Elton Thobejane & Provia Sekome

This project investigates corporate compliance with environmental legislation.

Calcite Legacy Dump on the Highveld 

– Elvis Komane & Nthabiseng Mahlangu

This project investigates the management of a calcite dump on the Highveld.

Waste and Water Context and New Knowledge

– Tshepo Sibiya, Kedibone Ntobeng & Chistina Mothupi

This project investigates the impact of disposable nappies on water resources in the Olifants catchment.

Sustainable Food Security in Four Villages

– Thelma Nkosi with Bernerd Ngomane

This project investigates what needs to happen with regard to food security in four rural villages.

Water and Mines  Context and New Knowledge

– Mmathapelo Thobejane, Tokelo Mahlakoane, Eustine Matsepane

This project investigates the potential impact of a mine on local water resources.

Being a Voice for the Brugspruit Wetland

– Susan Boledi, lorraine Kakaza & Collen Jolobe

This project investigates the potential impacts of a shopping mall on local water resources.

Food Security to Reduce Poverty

– Caroline Rathakolo & Nelson Thaba

This project investigates the food security options in rural residential areas.

Maruleng Municipality: A Profile of the Municipal Area

– Wehnke van der Merwe & Derick du Toit

This overview of Maruleng Municipality is focused on how to make environmental planning more explicit within the integrated spatial planning processes. A systemic approach identifies the complexity and interconnectedness of the major drivers in the area.

Systemic, Social Learning Approaches to Water Governance and Sustainability in the Olifants River Catchment (Limpopo)

– Sharon Pollard, Hugo Retief & Jai Clifford-Holmes

A booklet for water resource practitioners and managers interested in the theories and practice of systems and social learning approaches. A new whole-catchment approach that sees people as part of governing water.

Keeping the Olifants River Flowing: Systemic, collective action during the most severe drought on record

– Sharon Pollard, Edward Riddell, Hugo Retief

Monitoring river flow and adjusting river operations is an essential management function but even more so during times of drought. We share the efforts of AWARD, SANPARKS & National DWS to keep the Olifants River flowing during the worst drought on record.

Predicted Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources of the Olifants River catchment

– Sharon Pollard and Hugo Retief  (Eds) with Tendai Sawunyama, Stephen Mallory & Taryn Kong

A user-friendly overview of the predicted impacts of climate change on the water resources in the Olifants Catchment.

Natural Resource Management Programmes in the Olifants Catchment

– Jan Graf

NRMPs form part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), a nationwide government programme aimed at creating labour-intensive employment and skills development for previously disadvantaged people.  Here we introduce some of the NMRPs in the Olifants Catchment.

Systemic, Social Learning Support for the Co-Management of the Legalameetse Nature Reserve 

– Sharon Pollard, Charles Chikunda, Thabang Mohale & Lilian Goredema

Co-management is potentially an innovative and exciting model for addressing issues of socio-economic redress and upliftment, land reform and past injustices, and conservation. Here is an overview of a project launched in Legalameetse Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province.

Three Natural Resource-Based Beneficiation Models to Demonstrate Opportunities to Diversify & Optimise Benefits from Legalameetse Nature Reserve

– INR

Natural resources can provide the landowner with non-monetary and financial opportunities. This document summarises 3 beneficiation models aimed to address livelihood needs and re-connect communities to their environment.

Planning and Caring for Biodiversity in Land Use – A Beginners Guide

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans and Stephen Holness

The importance of integrating biodiversity and conservation  into land-use planning is demonstrated using the example of Maruleng Local Municipality, Limpopo Province.

Caring for our Biodiversity – Made Easy. An overview of Critical Biodiversity Area (CBA) maps for the BaPhalaborwa and Maruleng local municipalities

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans

The importance of integrating biodiversity and conservation  into land-use planning is demonstrated using the example of Maruleng Local Municipality, Limpopo Province.

CBA series #2 Land management guidelines: an introduction

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans

A summary of recommended guidelines for managing Critical Biodiversity Areas (CBAs) and Ecological Support Areas (ESAs).

CBA series #3 A Step by Step Guide: Integrating Biodiversity into Land Use Planning 

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans

Integrating biodiversity into environmental impact assessments and land use change applications.

CBA series #4 Developing Environmental Policies to Protect Biodiversity

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans

Municipalities can develop policies or by-laws concerning spatial planning, land development and land use; and for enforcing its land use scheme. The CBA Map and land use guidelines can be incorporated into these policies. Here is how.

CBA series #5 Biodiversity Integration into Municipal Spatial Planning

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans

The Biodiversity Sector Plan (as part of the  District Bioregional Plan) should be used in various multi-sectoral planning procedures to promote sustainable development, especially at the municipal level. Here is how.

CBA series #6 Glossary of Biodiversity & Spatial Planning Terms

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans

A comprehensive glossary of terms used in biodiversity and spatial planning.

CBA series #7 Biodiversity and Climate Change

– Derick du Toit, William Mponwana, Deborah Vromans, Ancois de Villiers

Municipalities are seen as key role players in developing climate change strategies and contributing to the green economy. Biodiversity protection is part of that process.

Critical Biodiversity Areas Mapbook for BaPhalaborwa Municipality. Supporting land-use planning and decision-making in Critical Biodiversity Areas and Ecological Support Areas for sustainable development

– Deborah Vromans, Stephen Holness, Derick du Toit and William Mponwana

This is a Mapbook for BaPhalaborwa municipality. It zooms into the municipal area allowing for non-GIS users to understand where CBA categories are located in the landscape for property in the municipal area. The map book can be used by all sectors and professionals involved in land use planning and decision-making, including non-governmental organizations and the public.

Critical Biodiversity Areas Mapbook for Maruleng Municipality. Supporting land-use planning and decision-making in Critical Biodiversity Areas and Ecological Support Areas for sustainable development

– Deborah Vromans, Stephen Holness, Derick du Toit and William Mponwana

This is a Mapbook for Maruleng municipality. It zooms into the municipal area allowing for non-GIS users to understand where CBA categories are located in the landscape for property in the municipal area. The map book can be used by all sectors and professionals involved in land use planning and decision-making, including non-governmental organizations and the public.

Climate Change: Understanding scenarios, RCP, PPM 

– Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers

Climate change scenarios for the Olifants catchment and technical terms are explained in simple terms.

Climate Smart Agriculture – Lower Olifants Catchment 

– AWARD & Mahlathini Development Foundation

This booklet explains the RESILIM O AgriSI project in the lower Olifants Catchment.

Medicinal & Edible Herbs used by Farmers in the Lower & Middle Olifants Catchment (English and Sepedi)

– Bigboy Mkhabela

Here is a simple guide to some of the edible medicinal herbs that small-scale farmers in the Olifants are growing. It is in both English and Sepedi.

Newsletters

September 2020

Freshwater biodiversity; failure to plan is a plan to fail; light at the end of the tunnel; liquid manure and tower gardens & an Olifants Dam update…

August 2020

Going for organic in Sekororo; the Tala Table; AWARD webi stats; dam levels dropping…

July 2020

Getting to grips with freshwater biodiversity; Hoedspruit PGS annual meeting; Dam and Olifants river updates and RESILIM-O Technical Reports available…

June 2020

Food parcels, Webinar Wednesdays Wetlands at work, Funds bypass small-scale food production, and more…

May 2020

AWARD launches webinar series; steps in to help the needy; good news on support for small-scale food production; we need your help & more

April 2020

Lockdown, not shutdown; Lobbying for more small-scale food production; Tracking rural villages activities & more

March 2020

Resource Pack ready; Mangroves in Mozambique; Support for Maruleng; What farmers base decisions on; Greater Kruger Strategic Dev Framework & more

February 2020

Busy month for Legalameetse Nature Reserve & the new landowners; Ecosystem goods & services of the Sand River catchment; Moletele Youth Project & more

January 2020

PGS Hoedspruit launched, mangroves in Mozambique, ward councillors get it right, action from our sub-grant programme, the Olifants spikes & a farewell…

November / December 2019

AWARD Nov/Dec Newsflash: Annual report; Farewell to Reference Group; Co-management in Legalameetse; Blyde restoration & more…

October 2019

Legalameetse Culture Festival, university students prepare for climate change… and so do farmers, a new CC resource…

September 2019

Ecological Restoration Conference; Going organic; Learning to co-manage; Beneficiation; Integrated strategic planning with KNP; and more…

August 2019

Mangroves in Mozambique, Farmers on climate-change, Climate change adaptation, expanded restoration partnership and more…

July 2019

Innovative water disinfection, Molotele Youth Project, Biodiversity planning…

June 2019

Olifants River level dropping, High Altitude Champs, Governance of LNR, Talking Climate Change, draft National CC Adaptation Strategy…

May 2019

Mangrove Restoration, Farmer Support, Biodiversity in Spatial Planning, Water Workshop at Southern Cross…

April 2019

This is AWARD’s first newsletter. As it is the first, it is a ‘bumper edition’ that gives an overview of programme highlights and outlines work in AWARD’s main activity areas. Future newsletters will highlight recent AWARD activities in short newsflashes…

Media Releases

A special focus on water as a human right in South Africa

A South Africa has placed the right to sufficient water as a Constitutional right in its Bill of Rights. But what does that mean? It places a legal obligation on the government to ensure that all people living in South Africa have the right to sufficient water. The Constitution does not say very much about the obligation, it leaves that to be defined and qualified in other legal instruments…

Games

Crossroads: A game of decisions and consequences

A game of scenarios to develop decision-making skills… players need to make choices by considering social, environmental and economic consequences when making decisions about land use and natural resource use. The game frames decisions in a fun and participatory way, encouraging interaction and discussion. It is often in discussions that real learning takes place. Click to download each of the PDFs below: 1. Overview 2. Instructions 3. Cards

Presentations & Papers

Process design for social learning and transformation in RESILIM O

An overview of the ‘Spiral Model’ which is a process design for social learning and transformation that has been successfully used in the RESILIM O programme.

Guideline for CMF Charter development

This presentation provides an overview on how to develop guidelines for developing a charter for a Catchment Management Forum

Designing back from practice: Keeping the Olifants River and benefits flowing through systemic, collective action approaches during the worst drought on record

– Dr Sharon Pollard, Hugo Retief and Dr Eddie Riddel

This abstract describes the use of a systemic, collective approach to keeping the Olifants River flowing during the worst three-year drought on record. Without this, flows in the lower catchment would have failed impacting on livelihoods and ecosystems both locally and downstream into the iconic Kruger National Park and Mozambique.

Videos

AWARD: An Introduction

 

AWARD: An Overview

A 6-minute video outlining the work of the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) in the Olifants River Catchment, a ‘powerhouse’ catchment for South Africa, influenced by mining and farming and affecting local communities as well as the Kruger National Park. The video highlights the frequent ‘disconnect’ between cause and effect and shows how impacts are felt downstream. The importance of working together and collective action is stressed as “one person can’t do this alone”…

AWARD: A focus on water quality

How can we monitor water quality and ensure compliance? A 6-minute video outlining the work of the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) in terms of maintaining and improving water quality in the Olifants River Catchment. The video describes the various tools available for monitoring near-real-time compliance including probes, dashboards and an app for both testing and disseminating information.

AWARD & working with Climate Change

How do we build resilience to climate change? A 5-minute video outlining the work of the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) in terms of working with issues of climate change in the Olifants River Catchment. The video considers what changes in temperature and rainfall will mean for the area. Floods and droughts are likely to increase – how do we build the capacity of the catchment and its people for resilience to climate change?…

Webinars

Putting Biodiversity Back on the Map

– 27 May 2020 – 1h32m

Biodiversity has either not been ‘on the map’ for municipal town planners or it has taken a back-seat when it comes to making land-use decisions. Given that well over half of all biodiversity is estimated to occur outside of national and provincial parks in Southern Africa, there is an important role for municipalities to play in biodiversity conservation, recognition for the role of ecosystem services and the role played by ecological infrastructure in risk reduction. In this webinar…

Maintaining transboundary flows and governance in the Olifants River Basin in the face of increasing risk

– 3 June 2020 – 1h34m

Global concerns over declining freshwater resources are widely evident. The Olifants Basin – shared between South Africa and Mozambique – exhibits many of these concerns: declining water quality and flow, non-compliance with national and international benchmarks, weakening governance and capacity and unlawful use all juxtaposed against increasing livelihood insecurity, increasing demands and the need to provide…

A conversational, systemic approach for building local climate change capacity

– 10 June 2020 – 1h34m

In Southern Africa, local climates are heating up. A great deal of work is being done on developing ‘simple resources’ and ‘tool boxes’ for climate change capacity and action. However, climate concepts can be deeply alienating and overwhelming, both for local government officials who are tasked with developing climate preparedness and for the diverse stakeholder groups from vastly divergent socio-economic …….

FARMING FOR THE FUTURE WITH SMALL-SCALE FARMING

– 17 June 2020 – 1h42m

‘Small-scale farming’, ‘backyard gardening’, ‘village food production’… call it what you will, this kind of agriculture has received inadequate attention – and is even scorned – as a means of building regional food security. Despite some lip service, the lack of meaningful engagement is evidenced in the lack of support by government departments, financial institutions, markets and even consumers. However, …..

POWER TAKEN, POWER GIVEN AND CO-MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS

– 24 June 2020 – 1h22m

Globally, there is a trend towards decentralization of management rights to communities and the public, with community involvement in protected areas being seen as a way to reduce costs and conflict and increase the legitimacy of protected areas.Co-management is potentially an innovative model for addressing issues of socio-economic redress and upliftment, land reform and past injustices…..

Reports

Resilience: Questions of Language, Power and Agency 

– Leigh Price 

This technical report describes the discourses surrounding the use of the word “resilience”. It divides these discourses broadly into three groups: naturalistic discourses, anti-naturalistic discourses and discourse hybrids.

Data Report for RESILIM Olifants: A Case Study 2014 Methods & summary of key data

– Stephen Holness

This study examines the spatial patterns of poverty and local direct natural resource dependency for the South African portions of the Olifants Catchment. The study also collates basic census data on demographic characteristics for use in other components of the RESILIM project.

Overview of Community Based Natural Resource Management in Mozambique & Literature Review

– Alan Gardiner, South African Wildlife College

This report focuses on CNRM efforts in Mozambique and includes a comprehensive literature search.

Summary of Natural Resource Management Laws & Policies relevant to the Olifants Catchment
[South Africa & Mozambique]

– Clara Bocchino

A summary of natural resource management laws and policies relevant to the Olifants catchment in South Africa and Mozambique.

Summary of Natural Resource Management Laws & Policies relevant to the Olifants Catchment [South Africa & Mozambique]

– Clara Bocchino

A summary of legislation and policy provided in an easy access Excel format.

A consolidated vision for the Upper, Middle and Lower Olifants catchment Civil Society Organisations

– AWARD

This easy to access EXCEL worksheet provides a consolidated vision statement for civil society organisations of the Olifants catchment.

Supporting Learning: The Spiral Approach to Professional Support Initiatives

– Derick du Toit

This technical report introduces a reflexive learning approach to professional support initiatives for natural resource practitioners.

Municipal Support Initiative Impacts of Urbanisation on Catchments & Mitigation Measures Under Climate Change [Ba-Phalaborwa & Maruleng Local Municipalities]

– Sam Braid, Linda Rossouw & Derick du Toit

As land-use activities directly impact on the environment, the local government must consider these impacts, including water runoff, quantity and quality. The consequences of non- or poor management have impacts on our riverine systems and potential negative impacts on human settlements downstream.

The Role of Municipal Spatial Planning in Managing Water Quality Impacts [Ba-Phalaborwa & Maruleng Local Municipalities]

– Sam Braid, Linda Rossouw & Derick du Toit

Local governments are responsible for stormwater management and as such, they are responsible to ensure the quality of the stormwater reaching rivers or a water resource body does not pollute the resource. Here is an introduction.

Municipal Support Initiative: Guidelines for Spatial Planners in Stormwater Runoff Management

– Sam Braid, Linda Rossouw & Derick du Toit

These guidelines provide the basic principles for municipal stormwater management.

Municipal Support Initiative:  Guidelines for Spatial Planners in Managing Riparian Zones under Climate Change [Ba-Phalaborwa & Maruleng Local Municipalities]

– Sam Braid, Linda Rossouw & Derick du Toit

These guidelines provide the basic principles for managing riparian zones for spatial planners.

Capacity Development for Water Conservation & Water Demand Management in Maruleng Municipality

– WA Wegelin & Derick du Toit

Maruleng local municipality has no WCWDM programmes while its water losses and non-revenue water are in excess of 40% and it is unlikely that water services can be sustained unless urgent WCWDM interventions are undertaken. Here is how the RESILIM project approached this challenge.

Capacity Development for Water Conservation & Water Demand Management in BaPhalaborwa Municipality

– WA Wegelin & Derick du Toit

BaPhalaborwa municipality has a non-revenue water profile in excess of 60% and it is unlikely that water services can be sustained unless urgent WCWDM interventions are undertaken. Here is how the RESILIM project approached this challenge.

Water Conservation & Water Demand Management in the Olifants Catchment – A Pilot Project

– WA Wegelin & Derick du Toit

In this technical report, we introduce a pilot study that was launched to understand water loss and its management within local municipalities in the Olifants catchment.

Overview of the Olifants catchment 2014

– Sharon Pollard & Ariane Laporte

This document provides a comprehensive overview of the Olifants catchment with facts and figures from 2014.

Overview of Wastewater Treatment in South Africa

– Katy Hansen

Based on a literature review, this report explains key concepts and practices associated with wastewater treatment and outlines wastewater management and governance in South Africa.

Ecosystem Restoration DEA Natural Resource Management Programmes: A case study

This report profiles available information on the main NRMPs operating in the Olifants catchment. It includes processes and operations around planning/prioritization, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and feedback.

Enhancing Alien & Invasive Species Identification & Control – Resources & training opportunities

– Jan Graf & Fonda Lewis

We introduce some resources to assist in the identification of alien and invasive plant species.

Improving Transboundary Alien Invasive Species Management & Securing Gains – Supporting strategy for developing a post-handover agreement between DEA-NRMP & land owners

– Fonda Lewis, INR

This document explores opportunities and partnerships for the successful transfer of plantations to communities.

Overview of Forestry Management Legislation & Standards

– Jan Graf & Fonda Lewis

This document provides an overview of the South African Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Standards [PCI&S] for sustainable forest management, and of national legalisation relevant to sustainable forest management [SMF].

A Tool for Drafting Invasive Species Monitoring, Control & Eradication Plans – Enhancing the identification & control of alien & invasive species

– Fonda Lewis

The law requires the drafting of Invasive Species Monitoring, Control and Eradication Plans. Here we explain the requirements in simple terms.

Exploring Opportunities & Partnerships for Successful Transfer of the Lowveld Plantations

– Fonda Lewis

In this report we explore opportunities and partnerships for transfer of the Lowveld Plantations to communities.

Protected Areas in the Olifants Catchment

– Karen Kotschy with Brandon Anthony, Samantha Gerber & Kgomotso Thomas

This technical report provides an overview of the protected areas in the Olifants catchment.

Co-Management: Reconciling Land Restitution, Biodiversity Conservation & Poverty Alleviation in Olifants Catchment

– Karen Kotschy with Sarah Findlay & Chris Williams

In this case report, we look at how land restitution, poverty and biodiversity conservation might be reconciled through co-management agreements.

Governance & Co-Management in the Legalameetse Nature Reserve Development of a Collaborative Vision, Institutional Arrangements & Roles & Responsibilities 

– Sharon Pollard & Thabang Mohale

This is a workshop report of the  “Visioning & Governance for the Co-Management of Legalameetse Nature Reserve” on 4th – 7th November 2019.

Integrating Biodiversity & Environmental Issues into Municipal Landuse Planning in the Olifants Catchment

– Karen Kotschy & Derick du Toit

This report provides an overview of the assessment of how well municipalities in the Olifants are integrating biodiversity and environment into their planning instruments.

Review of Socio-Ecological Issues in Municipal Planning Instruments – Olifants Catchment Part 1: Evaluation methodology

– Deborah Vromans

A methodology for analysing municipal planning instruments for the inclusion of environmental and biodiversity issues is presented.

Review of Socio-Ecological Issues in Municipal Planning Instruments – Olifants Catchment
Full Report

– Deborah Vromans

A full report on  the inclusion of environmental  and biodiversity issues  municipal planning instruments for the Olifants catchment.

Literature Search: Biodiversity and related issues in the Olifants Catchment

– Alan Gardiner

A partial overview of biodiversity-related literature for the Olifants catchment including  South Africa and Mozambique.

Protected Areas in the Olifants catchment

– Karen Kotschy with Brandon Anthony, Samantha Gerber & Kgomotso Thomas

This technical report provides an overview of the protected areas in the Olifants Catchment in 2015.

Natural Resources & Land Use: Ga-Mametja village in Olifants catchment

– Shonisani Netshishivhe & Jan Graf

The report documents land use, natural resource use, and governance arrangements  in the Ga-Mametja village with potential implications for environmental degradation and livelihoods of people.

Literature Review of Climate Resilience in the Mozambique Portion of the Limpopo/Olifants River Basin

– Verde Azul

This document presents an analysis of environmental and social issues arising in the literature related to the Limpopo River Basin in Mozambique.

Climate Change Adaptation Option Review Global, National & Olifants Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Ancois de Villiers, Kgomotso Thomas, Sharon Pollard, Coleen Vogel

A comprehensive review of climate change adaption options through a global, national and catchment lens.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections per Climate Region Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections per climate region of the Olifants catchment.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for BaPhalaborwa Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Maruleng Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Maruleng Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections  Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Farmers’ stories of change, knowledge and practices for climate change adaptation in agroecology and permaculture

– John Nzira, Derick du Toit and Bigboy Mkhabela

Farmers share their stories of how they have experimented with agroecology and permaculture in preparation for climate change scenarios.

AgriSI Farmer Baseline Report Sekororo Turkey village

– Erna Kruger & Sylvester Selala 

This study is a baseline report for the AgriSI Project in Sekororo.

Agriculture Support Initiative – Support to Farmers and Local Facilitators

– Crayton Zazu & Bigboy Mkhabela

A tour of farmers busy with agroecology practices is documented in the report.

Monitoring Progress – Farmer Field Visits (Agriculture Support Initiative) 

– Crayton Zazu & Bigboy Mkhabela

A visit to farmers facing the challenges of implementing agroecological approaches.

Annual Report 2019

2018/2019 Financial Year

This annual report covers the seventh year of the RESILIM-O Program from October 2018 to September 2019. It is also the last full year of project-based activities before the programme starts close-out between Oct 2019 and March 2020.

Annual Report 2018

2017/2018 Financial Year

This annual report covers the sixth year of the RESILIM-O Programme from October 2017 to September 2018. This marks a period of significant progress in the implementation of some 25 projects related to water and natural resources management and climate change adaptation in the Olifants River Basin. It embraces a period of deepening work with and institutionalisation of our systemic, social learning…

Annual Report 2017

2016/2017 Financial Year

This annual report, from October 2016 to September 2017, covers the fifth year of the RESILIM-O Programme. This marks a period of significant progress in the implementation of some twenty projects related to water and natural resources management and climate change adaptation in the Olifants River Basin. It embraces a period of deepening work with and institutionalisation of our systemic…

Annual Report 2016

2015/2016 Financial Year

This annual report, from October 2015 to September 2016, marks the transition in our action-research to practice where, based on findings from Phase I, activities that focus on biodiversity and climate change adaptation in the Olifants Basin have started. Phase II is designed to take the outputs of Phase 1 into action through testing, reflexive learning and hence institutionalisation…

Annual Report 2015

2014/2015 Financial Year

This Report covers RESILIM-O’s Implementation Period from October 1st2014 to September 30th2015. It has been written to fulfil the requirements of the Cooperative Agreement between AWARD and USAID Southern Africa. The report provides an overview of project activities undertaken, quantitative and qualitative results, a measure of impact using baseline data and…

Annual Report 2014

2013/2014 Financial Year

This report has been structured for multiple readers and will evolve into an online publication. It includes activities from the last quarter (July to September 2014), in addition to a cumulative annual report from 2014.

Award RESILiM-O Progress Report Quarter 1

October to December 2018

This report covers the period October 2018 to December 2018, the final quarter of the 2018 calendar year and the first quarter of the USAID financial year. The Annual Report for the 2017/2018 financial year was submitted on 1st November. A major focus this quarter was a reflection on the past year and strategic planning for the year ahead, within project teams and also at the level of the whole program during…

Award RESILiM-O Progress Report Quarter 2

January to March 2019

This report covers the period from January to March 2019. The close-out period begins on 1 April 2019. A couple of unexpected events tested the resilience of the team this quarter-firstly the injury of our Assistant Director Derick du Toit in a robbery, from which he has fortunately recovered. Secondly, a “ransomware” attack affected our financial software, resulting in much time spent recapturing financial information from paper records…

Award RESILiM-O Progress Report Quarter 3

April to June 2019

This report covers the period from April to June 2019. With several projects completed and the rest nearing completion within the next six months, we have started to plan for program close-out. This has included a focus on finalising RESILIM-O communications products and planning for evaluative final reports for each project as well as a program-wide synthesis product. The focus of the May“RESILIM-O day” was on communications materials….

Award RESILiM-O Progress Report Quarter 1

October to December 2019

This is the last quarterly report for the RESILIM-O program and it covers the period October to December 2019. This final period of activity and future planning before close-out was a busy one, as can be seen in this report.

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