Freshwater specialist and advisor: A Feasibility Study and Pilot Project into the viability of the TMG Aquifer for bulk water supply to Cape Town, more particularly the deep confined portions of the Peninsula Formation.  Duties included evaluation of proposed well-field sites, design of a monitoring programme to assess future possible impacts of abstraction from the TMG aquifer on rivers and wetlands in the area and review of the subsequent monitoring activities, which have been outsourced.  This project is likely to continue into the future, to encompass establishment of pilot well-field and adaptive management of large-scale water abstraction for supply to Cape Town.

Project leader:  This study objective was to recommend a comprehensive Ecological Water Requirement (EWR) for water quality and quantity, for various reaches of the Olifants and Doring Rivers, two key tributaries, and the Olifants River estuary.  The study also reviewed the importance of groundwater to current and potential users in the catchment.  An additional deliverable was a River and Estuarine Health monitoring programme for assessing the efficacy of management actions in the Olifants-Doring Basin.

Author: Detailed manual for the biophysical components of the DRIFT method, including user-guides to the DRIFT database and DRIFT Hydrological software.

Presenter and author:  Presentations and papers aimed at increasing the awareness and understanding of the role of river flow in the management of natural fisheries around the globe.

RDM

Reviewer and EWR Advisor:  This study objective is to recommend a comprehensive Ecological Water Requirement (EWR), for water quality and quantity, for various reaches of the Komati River.

Researcher:  Contributor to reports and proposals for the CGIAR Comprehensive Assessment, in particular those pertaining to EFs.

Lecturer:  1 week training session for 20-25 Tanzanian technical staff in methods for defining environmental flow options for Tanzanian rivers, with particular emphasis on the upper Rufiji Basin.  Including:

  • Support IUCN in planning and implementation of course
  • Preparation of training materials
  • Trainers and facilitators during training course

Evaluation of course and preparation of report on a revised future programme.

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