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Assessment of potential and impacts of afforestation in the Letaba catchment, Limpopo Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Hedding, David William Mkwalo, Andile Churchill 2012-04-10T11:48:07Z 2012-04-10T11:48:07Z 2011-07
dc.description.abstract The plantation forestry is economically a very important industry in South Africa because it promotes the upliftment of many rural South African communities. However, afforestation has significant impacts on water use and biodiversity in a catchment. Thus, understanding the effects of afforestation on water resources at the catchment level is fundamental for optimal water resource allocation, long-term sustainable use, development and conservation. Much of the Limpopo Province is climatically and physiographically suitable for plantation forestry but it only contains approximately 4.7 % of the total existing plantation area in South Africa. For example, the size of the Letaba Catchment of the Limpopo Province is 13 669 km² but only approximately 484 km² of it is currently afforested. This study aims to identify potential areas for further afforestation in the Letaba Catchment using the Water Resources Modelling Platform (WReMP) model to determine if afforestation can be expanded here to promote development in South Africa‟s poorest Province. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 116 leaves) : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Afforestation en
dc.subject Biodiversity en
dc.subject Water resource model en
dc.subject Plantation forestry en
dc.subject Letaba
dc.subject Limpopo
dc.subject South Africa
dc.subject Catchment
dc.subject Reserve
dc.subject Streamflow
dc.subject Sustainability
dc.subject Water allocation
dc.subject.ddc 333.751520968259
dc.subject.lcsh Afforestation -- Environmentals aspects -- South Africa -- Letaba River Watershed
dc.subject.lcsh Watershed hydrology -- South Africa -- Letaba River Watershed
dc.title Assessment of potential and impacts of afforestation in the Letaba catchment, Limpopo Province, South Africa en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Geography M. Sc. (Geography)

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