Katse & Mohale Dam biological monitoring

Biological monitoring of the catchments of the Katse and Mohale Dams: a comparison with the pre-construction baseline.
Lesotho Highlands Development Authority
Lesotho

Baseline studies of the Katse Dam catchment area were carried out during 1991/92, and monitoring was carried out in 1996-2000. This study comprised a further stage in the monitoring of the catchment areas upstream of the Katse and Mohale dams. The study assessed changes in land use and vegetation cover based on satellite imagery, and undertook field studies of flora, wetlands, rivers, fish, amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna), mammals, and birds. This study placed considerable emphasis on the collation of past reports and data in order to set up the basis for comparison of the present situation with the baseline.