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Center for Global Mountain Safeguard Research - Sustainable management of mountain catchments

Sustainable management of mountain catchments

Livelihoods of communities living both in mountain areas and in neighboring lowland regions rely on healthy mountain ecosystems, which provide ecosystems services including (but not limited to) freshwater, protection from hazards, food production, and recreational activities.

The GLOMOS team is advancing research towards a sustainable management of these ecosystems, with a special focus on mountain catchments. This is also done recognizing the role that nature-based solutions play for sustainable development of these areas.

GLOMOS in the Lesotho and South African Highlands

As part of this research area, GLOMOS experts have been collaborating with the Afromontane Research Unit of the University of Free State in South Africa. Research investigates highland-lowland interactions, in particular regarding water production and water transfer between water-producing Lesotho Highlands and dependent lower-lying rural, urban, and metropolitan areas in South Africa. These ongoing studies include the management of major catchment areas in Lesotho and South Africa and the drainage area downstream.

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