Ecological Infrastructure and The UEIP

SANBI explains:

“Ecological infrastructure refers to naturally functioning ecosystems that deliver valuable services to people, such as water and climate regulation, soil formation and disaster risk reduction. It is the nature-based equivalent of built or hard infrastructure, and can be just as important for providing services and underpinning socio-economic development. Ecological infrastructure does this by providing cost effective, long-term solutions to service delivery that can supplement, and sometimes even substitute, built infrastructure solutions. Ecological infrastructure includes healthy mountain catchments, rivers, wetlands, coastal dunes, and nodes and corridors of natural habitat, which together form a network of interconnected structural elements in the landscape.

What we do

Provide a legitimate and focused repository for funders and investors, who want their contributions directed to the highest impact work in the greater uMngeni catchment.

Deliver on the highest levels of corporate governance and recipient accountability to ensure that investments are carried out with the utmost efficiency and impact

Development of science based policy tools and pilot projects relating to ecological infrastructure

Provide an open source portal for access to the widest possible information on water quality, catchment status, applicable research findings, and mapping in respect of ecological infrastructure in the catchment.

Where we work

Projects currently underway include:

uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership (UEIP), including the upper Mooi River catchment above the Spring Grove Dam and Mearn’s Weir, and the Upper Mkomazi River catchment above the planned Smithfield and Impendle Dams, in addition to the catchment of uMngeni River itself”