• ReNOKA awards Community-Based Organisations with ICM Grants
    ReNOKa launches ICM small grants to CBOs to implement specialised and niche watershed management activities in the six Priority Sub-Catchments in Khubelu, Hlotse, Likhetla, Makhalaneng, Maletsunyane and Senqunyane.
    Jul 15, 2022
  • Conceptualisation and Operationalisation for ICM in Lesotho: ICM Concepts and Approaches
    ReNOKa facilitates the first of a series of 12 planned professional courses on ICM concepts and approaches.
    Jul 1, 2022
  • ReNOKA in a nutshell!
    ReNOKA is excited to present a short animated video highlighting the national programmes objectives and goals of implementation.
    Jun 7, 2022
  • ReNOKA learning journey: Using other African knowledge for integrated water resource management
    Facilitated visit to regional best practices of ICM/ IWRM in Kenya and Tanzania for directors and senior officers of Lesotho line ministries.
    Jun 2, 2022
  • Interventions for sustainable natural resources management in Lesotho 1970-2020
    A meta-review of the interventions for sustainable natural resources management in Lesotho from 1970 to 2020 to contribute to the skills and knowledge management of natural resources in the country.
    May 14, 2022
  • ReNOKA hosts herders in Semonkong on sustainable natural resource protection practices
    Over the years, local herders have gained a negative reputation, as culprits who allow their animals to graze on protected rangelands, burning grass misguided by the notion that burning improves the new grass crop and not practicing sustainable herding. As custodians of natural resources, herders were addressed to highlight their significant contribution to management and protection of natural resources.
    May 6, 2022
  • Watch Deutsche Welle Documentary about water from Lesotho and ReNOKA efforts to restore catchments!
    A documentary about the vital role that Lesotho plays for water security in Southern Africa. It includes a protrayal of ReNOKA efforts to restore land and water across the country.
    Apr 22, 2022
  • Lesotho takes catchment best practice to the global stage
    ReNOKA joins Lesotho government and SADC at World Water Forum in Senegal.
    Mar 24, 2022
  • Solar-powered movies spark community discussion about land, water and heritage
    ReNOKA (‘we are a river’) organises screenings of internationally acclaimed film “This is Not a Burial, It’s A Resurrection” and documentary “The Great River Orange-Senqu”
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems study launched under ReNOKA
    Indigenous knowledge is a powerful tool for restoration of land and water: A new research study for ReNOKA presents the value of mainstreaming indigenous knowledge systems to address catchment degradation and improve climate resilience.
    Mar 14, 2022
  • Legal and policy priorities for integrated catchment management in Lesotho
    Following a comprehensive external review of Lesotho’s policy framework for integrated catchment management (ICM), ReNOKA stakeholders gathered on 8 March to hear the main findings from the consultants and to deliberate on the next steps towards establishment a legal and policy framework that will enable an effective governance of land and water resources.
    Mar 10, 2022
  • Video Interview: International Womens Day 2022
    Palesa Lefojane - Junior Advisor Catchment Operations & Gender Mainstreaming - ReNOKA programme sharing her thoughts on International Women's Day 2022 under the theme Gender Equality today for a Sustainable tomorrow
    Mar 8, 2022
  • Ambassadors see catchment rehabilitation up close
    Visit to Makhalaneng catchment area demonstrated efforts by local communities to combat environmental degradation and advance climate resilience.
    Mar 5, 2022
  • ReNOKA’s roadmap to catchment health
    For the first time, governmental and non-governmental institutions, regional and international partners agree on joint activities to protect Lesotho’s land, water resources.
    Feb 16, 2022
  • Video Interview: Mme Sebabatso Sedia on World Wetlands Day
    Sharing the commemorative message for World Wetlands Day, Mme Sebabatso Sedia Catchment Manager in the Integrated Catchment Management Coordination Unit, highlighted the importance of community involvement in the process of catchment management, urging communities to work in protecting wetlands as this is where resources Basotho depend on can be found such as herbs for medicinal purposes.
    Feb 2, 2022
  • Video Interview: Ntate Khotso Mathafeng on World Wetlands Day
    Mr Khotso Mathafeng, National GIS Expert under FAO, giving insight on the Land cover status of Lesotho a survey conducted by FAO under ReNOKA. As an option to add: He highlighted, "that as humans and animals encroach into the wetlands, this leads to degradation, leading to the wetlands drying up so much that one can see footpaths and tracks due to encroachment on the lands."
  • A tale of two watersheds
    Summer is here, the sun is up early and goes down much later. The ReNOKA team overseeing the implementation of emergency rehabilitation measures in some of the degradation hotspots around the country took great advantage of the changing season to engage with prospective contractors at these hotspots in the Priority Sub-Catchment areas to show them the work at hand.
    Nov 26, 2021
  • Lesotho PM takes water and climate issues to the United Nations
    This year marked the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76) opening in New York on 14th September 2021. The UNGA High-Level Week took place from 20-24 September 2021 under the theme: “Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United nations”.
    Oct 5, 2021
  • First ReNOKA Regional Hub kicks off in the Khubelu Priority Sub-Catchment
    In 2021, Lesotho launched ReNOKA (“We Are a River”), a national and active citizen movement to advance integrated catchment management (ICM) in Lesotho and the Orange-Senqu River basin. A kick-off event in Maloraneng on 16 September marked the beginning of operations in the Khubelu subcatchment, a vital water source area of the Senqu basin.
    Sep 24, 2021
  • Learning partnership to boost education and research
    A strategic partnership between the National University of Lesotho (NUL), the Integrated Catchment Management Coordination Unit (ICU) and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) was signed on Tuesday the 21st September 2021 at the National University of Lesotho through a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership will strengthen professional education, applied science and innovative research for integrated catchment management in Lesotho. The signed Memorandum of Understanding provides, for the first time, a framework for collaboration involving all faculties and institutes of NUL for the purpose supporting integrated catchment management in Lesotho.
    Sep 23, 2021
  • Community collaborates to build local irrigation dam
    August is recognized as Womens’ month in neighbouring South Africa, which is part of the Orange-Senqu river basin. In this month, ReNOKA is spotlighting and celebrating women participating and contributing in the restoration of our natural resources in the catchments., ‘Me’ Mahali Bulane, a member of the Kolo community watershed team (CWT) in Likhetla-Mafeteng area tells us her story:
    Aug 12, 2021
  • Traditional meets contemporary in ReNOKA shweshwe
    Shweshwe is one of the most iconically Southern African fabrics. Like ReNOKA, it marries traditional with contemporary.
    May 12, 2021
  • The ReNOKA story through a heritage lens
    The world-renowned Basotho tribal blankets have a deep cultural significance and history. They are unique in terms of the layout of the design, the various symbols used, the bold colour combinations and the characteristic pin-stripe.
  • Collective problem solving to combat climate change
    As a subsistence farmer, ‘Maliako noticed the negative impact the environment was having on crop yields. By problem-solving together with other women in her community, ‘Maliako now employs better farming practices and hopes to reverse the effects of climate change.
    Apr 8, 2021
  • Helping nature recover
    By using learnings from the present and the past, herder Phate was able to bring his community together to take meaningful steps to mitigate the soil erosion he had noticed.