Geasphere has its roots at a meeting held in the Nelspruit Botanical Gardens in 1999.This meeting went under the heading “South African Water Crisis” and it focused on the significant impacts of industrial timber plantations in our region – particularly with reference to escalating water shortages. The organizer of the meeting – Philip Owen – was tasked with establishing a network for dissemination of relevant information. The organization functioned as the ‘South African Water Crisis Network” until formally registered as Geasphere in 2003.
Since 2003 funding has been obtained from various sources, including Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and the Germany based Grassroots Foundation. Currently, we are in the third year of a ‘partnership’ with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC). These funds allows us to currently employ a part time coordinators in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.