Sewage leaks put South Africa’s freshwater at risk: how citizen scientists are helping clean up

IWMI and CGIAR are among the organizations helping to scale up the Enviro-Champs initiative.

Water contamination events that cause serious illness will become more common without drastic and urgent action to improve monitoring, conservation, treatment and management of South Africa’s freshwater resources. The story of the Enviro-Champs shows how communities practising citizen science can become better informed and lead important changes in society. Through the efforts of organizations including IWMI the project has recently been upscaled. There are now 1,000 Enviro-Champs across KwaZulu-Natal.

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