Perceptions of the impacts of artificial flood releases on the general use of the natural resources of the Pongolo River floodplain, South Africa.
Salagae, Modukanele Alloycius.
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A social survey of the communities living adjacent to the Pongolo river floodplain was carried out, in order to understand the perceptions of the impact of artificial flood releases on the general use of natural resources of Pongolo floodplain in terms of: general resource use, stream flow, water quality and subsistence agriculture. The results show that floodplain communities perceive that the present artificial flood releases which are intended to maintain the environmental requirements of the floodplain are not meeting their needs nor the needs of the environment. Key perceptions on environmental impacts identified are: (i) reduction in water required to maintain floodplain resources, (ii) deterioration in water quality and (iii) decrease in available floodplain land and natural resources.
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