Working for water program
South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
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Started in 1995, this is perhaps the best known PES program in Africa designed to remove unwanted invasive plants that are threatening water supplies and biodiversity. The program employees marginalized and poor individuals to cut and remove invasive species from given watersheds, typically on government controlled land. Some debate that the program would be better classified as a public works program. However, the program does help out on private lands and several private companies or utilities have paid into the program to have invasive species cleared from their water supplies.