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Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area

(MDTFCA / MDTP)
Change activity: Wetland rehabilitation to respond to drought in the Maloti
Drakensberg TFCA
Progress:
The Maloti-Drakensberg TFCA climate change adaptation change project has been
led by Mabari Lebamang (Lesotho) and Joyce Loza (South Africa). Communication
has been excellent from the South African component, but lagging on the Lesotho
component.
On the South African component of the TFCA, there has been a number of
successes including raising funds to implement the change project from within the
SA Government structures budgets. It was reported that a budget for change
project aspects had been approved by the (South African) Department of
TFCAs. These are the education and awareness on rangeland management and
CCA (budget R 600,000.00 c.f. R 700,000.00) covering the whole area from the
Eastern Cape to the Free Estate on the South African side and the Lesotho side.
This project is one of the two that have been selected to qualify for GIZ funding as
part of the piloting initiatives. The GIZ-funded project component is targeting
Amagwane and AmaSwazi areas to be targeted for CC Adaptation and wetlands
rehabilitation project (GIZ funding approx. R700, 000.00).
Several meetings were held with the communities, and site areas have been
visited to plan for implementation of the change project. It was noted that in
meetings, communities were doing most of the talking, where they raised issues
of addressing causes of the problem of wetland erosion, degradation and invasive
aliens plants (which they call izimila zokufika) due to overgrazing and the drainage of
wetlands. Because of the limited budget the project addresses areas where there are
already activities and aligning with communities and stakeholders that are already
being involved.
Learning exchange visits have been planned for in the budget for the Lesotho and
South Africa communities. Training in wetlands rehabilitation, CCA and the need for
uncontrolled grazing and prevention of wetland drainage for expansion of crop
farming have been planned.
The climate change risk and vulnerability assessment has been put on the agenda of
the TFCA and there are currently discussions on how to approach it. There have
been also been discussions of including a climate change monitoring framework on
the agenda and how to integrate climate change issues in the current
implementation and monitoring frameworks. There is currently work in progress in
developing a simple tool to address sustainable wetland utilisation and conservation.
There has been collaboration with education and awareness experts in developing
the education and awareness strategy, and also with park managers, biodiversity
specialists, and agencies, communities through the traditional authorities, NGOs,
municipalities, Peace Parks Foundation, and Academic Institutions.

Ms Joyce Loza the Process Moderator has been tasked to develop an education and
awareness strategy and to then call a workshop to finalise it. From this workshop
there will be an agreement on how the community will address their change projects
fire prevention component. The strategy will be done within two weeks; the project
team is looking towards end of September for the workshop, however there is a
possibility of doing some fire awareness in connection with the change project in
September before they can finish the strategy. This plan is being discussed with
Lesotho colleagues. The team is also planning on organising feedback meetings in
which they will be in a better position to report on progress.

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