River Health Programme (RHP) was developed through the collaboration of the
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Water Research Commission and the
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, with the assistance of various
consultants and universities.
programme aims at using standardised and proven scientific techniques to measure
the health of all major rivers in South Africa by observing the numbers and
species of invertebrates found in a specific habitat in the river. The type of
invertebrate found in a specific location and the ratio of one specie to another
gives a clear indication of the impact human activity has had on a river system.
Although not entirely, biomonitoring can replace some expensive chemical analyses of
river systems to a large extent.
River Health Programme also includes a community-based component namely, the
Stakeholder Communication and Grassroots Education Programme (GCEE), which aims
at involving local stakeholders in the RHP.
As part of the
Environmental Management Programme for any project, which may impact on a nearby
river or stream, African Environmental Development can assist you in
implementing such a monitoring programme. The
objectives of the biomonitoring survey in any river system will be the
Should you require any more information on how African Environmental Development can assist you with implementing a River Health Programme, or if you would like more general information on the subject, please contact us on the following e-mail address: