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Healthy Rivers – Healthy people: Citizen Science for sustainable water management in a climate stressed society

This projectaims to equip our government and civil society partners with an accessible citizen science bio-monitoring tool – the free and easy to use Stream Assessment Scoring System (miniSASS) – which encourages enhanced catchment management for water security in a climate stressed society.

We are working to achieve this through:

  • Profiling and marketing capacity development and citizen science tools
  • Making the miniSASS website (www.minisass.org) more powerful and accessible for data input
  • Developing a network of practitioners to enhance the functionality and use of citizen science tools


We also provide training to local and regional government officials to help them understand the collection and analysis of the data so that it can be used to guide sustainable water management practices.  As a result of the project more and more officials and citizens are increasingly using the tool and uploading the data.

This project is funded by the British High Commission and is being implemented in South Africa and in the wider Southern African Development Community trans-boundary region.

 

Project contact details
Tembeka Dambuza, Project Manager
Tel 033 330 3931 ext 2134
E-mail Tembeka.dambuza@wessa.co.za