oa CSIR Science Scope - Freshwater ecosystems protected for a water-safe future : water : precious natural resource



Although sustainable management, conservation and rehabilitation of South Africa's freshwater ecosystems will help to improve the reliability of water supply for future human and industrial use, it is not possible to allocate a uniformly high level of protection to all freshwater ecosystems without prejudicing social and economic development, says CSIR researcher Dr Jeanne Nel. Equally, it is not desirable for all ecosystems to be used and exploited to the maximum extent possible.


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