Socio-economic Benefits of Ecological Infrastructure
The Socio-economic Benefits of Ecological Infrastructure project is a project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark – DANIDA.
The overall objective is to develop an evidence-based integrated framework and prototype “investment case” for strengthening water-related Ecological Infrastructure (EI). The project will generate new knowledge by combining livelihoods and value chain analysis with the EI approach to water management and next-generation hydroclimatic modelling at optimum spatial resolution. The research design is based on an inter- and transdisciplinary approach pursuing integration and scaling up across the Berg-Breede and Greater uMngeni catchments in South Africa.
The combined approach will allow the research team to focus on both means and outcomes which are necessary to;
1) Develop a more sophisticated conceptualization of the linkages between EI and livelihoods, and
2) Investigate how people might benefit from a strengthened and cost-effective water supply system realised through an optimised restoration and rehabilitation of EI with income creating co-benefits.