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Only about 0.01% of Earth’s water stock occurs as surface freshwater, yet the well-being of humanity is highly dependent on the distribution, quality and availability of this tiny fraction of freshwater. “Freshwater ecosystems must be the most precious natural resource on Earth, yet, they have already deteriorated to critical levels and are regarded as more endangered than land-based and marine ecosystems, worldwide and in South Africa,” says freshwater conservation scientist, Prof Dirk Roux.

















A public lecture with the captivating topic: Freshwater:  most precious natural resource, critically threatened, yet so difficult to protect, to be delivered by Prof Roux at the NMMU George Campus Lecture Theatre (Mopani Building) on 7 April at 12:00 – 13:00 will explore the challenges and opportunities in freshwater conservation in South Africa.

Prof Roux, a stalwart Research Associate within NMMU’s Sustainability Research Unit and Freshwater Conservation Scientist in South African National Parks (SANParks) works at the interface between science, policy and practice to promote conservation of freshwater ecosystems inside and outside protected areas.  He has been intimately involved with collaborative processes to develop policy objectives and to identify strategic priority areas for freshwater conservation.

Members of the public who would like to attend the public lecture, are advised to contact the NMMU George Marketing Unit (; 044 801 5111) to verify the availability of seating.

Contact information
Ms Alet van Tonder
Manager: Marketing & Corporate Relations
Tel: 27 44 801 5098