The Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership (UCP) was established in 2013, by civil and state partners. The core underpinning of the partnership was to create a platform that has a common vision of working together to restore and sustain natural resources within the catchment. Currently, the UCP has 32 partners who work together to secure livelihoods and protect the catchment.
In 2013, Environmental & Rural Solutions, Conservations SA, and DEDEAT worked on the founding of the partnership which explored the possibilities of “together we can do more” ERS stands as the current secretariat and has been so for the past 10 years which includes admin and logistical work of the UCP.
The partnership focuses on the restoration and maintenance of ecological infrastructure through Nature-based solutions and communal custodianship in the catchment.
The core values of UCP are togetherness, openness, thoughtfulness, sharing, learning, respect, and a sense of humour to name a few. Now, 10 years later, we are a decade into our 20–year strategy which should conclude the phases of Awareness & action learning as well as replication within the catchment.
Within its 10 years of existence, UCP has worked tirelessly to address Sustainable Development Goals through initiatives with partners. While the work we do leaves a bigger footprint, below are the SDGs we try to achieve and maintain through the partnership:
Through alien vegetation management and the rotational grazing systems, the UCP improves agricultural production, ensures resilient agricultural practices, and thus contributes to food security.
UCP aims to provide clean and abundant water by improving:
- Surface water replenishment
- Water quality
- Water infiltration and retention
By providing jobs to people in the communities, UCP reduces inequalities in household incomes and promotes women’s improvement.
UCP catchment restoration and management strategies and demonstration projects are a major job creation initiative.
The UCP works on preventing erosion and reducing sediment loading into water bodies and thus contributes to the resilience of infrastructure.
The UCP uses action–learning and systems approach to improve ecosystems and economies and stimulate sustainable development practices.
UCP work improves life on land by improving vegetation quality, increasing vegetation quantity, and removing alien invasive plants.
Finally, number 17 encompasses all goals mentioned above done by the collaboration partners