Freshwater ecological research & monitoring

We undertake ecological studies of rivers and wetlands as baseline studies, for the evaluation of long term impacts, for environmental impact assessments, for managing biodiversity and for determining ecological water requirements, and in the quantification of ecosystem services.   These include studies on freshwater health using SASS5, and studies of freshwater fish in a number of rivers in the South Africa, Mozambique and the Lesotho highlands.  Our studies also include comprehensive studies of wetland biodiversity in Malawi and on the degradation, current health and rehabilitation requirements of wetlands in Lesotho.

Project Profiles

Elephant Marshes: biodiversity & ecosystem services

Climate resilient livelihoods and sustainable natural resource management in the Elephant Marsh, Malawi. 
World Bank, though MRAG London
Malawi

To investigate climate resilient livelihoods and sustainable natural resource management in the Elephant Marsh, Malawi, Anchor was responsible for the recruitment, co-ordination and editing of the biodiversity specialist team assessments; the preparation of the Ramsar site application (successful); the modelling and valuation of ecosystem services; as well as scenario analysis and input to the management plan.

Katse and Mohale Dam biological monitoring

Biological monitoring of the catchments of the Katse and Mohale Dams: a comparison with the pre-construction baseline.
Ministry of Co-ordination of the Environment/ World Bank/European Union
Lesotho

Anchor conducted the biological monitoring of the catchments of the Katse and Mohale Dams as a comparison with the pre-construction baseline. The study assessed changes in land use and vegetation cover based on satellite imagery, and undertook field studies of flora, wetlands, rivers, fish, amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna), mammals, and birds. This study placed considerable emphasis on the collation of past reports and data in order to set up the basis for comparison of the present situation with the baseline.