The Water Research Commission (WRC) invites you to brunch and the launch of its Water Sensitive Design Lighthouse. The aim of this flagship programme is to strengthen South Africa’s research approaches to urban planning and design that integrates land and water planning and management into urban design. Additionally, it strives to develop a critical mass of knowledge around the integration of planning activities for the adoption of more integrated and sustainable solutions using the water sensitive design (settlements) lens for urban, peri-urban and rural environments. In 2014, the WRC released the first Framework document “Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) for South Africa: Framework and guidelines” which promotes the cyclic approach to planning of water services for communities and with communities in a holistic, sustainable and resource efficient manner. The report has taken the water management transition states paradigm proposed by Brown et al. (2009), which was based on the developed world and framed the design principles within the context of South Africa’s transition to Water Sensitive Cities and Settlements: “Two histories, one future”.
The WRC, in partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT) will therefore host an interactive dialogue on this issue by interrogating current research and identifying new research needed to better inform policy decisions and actions on how incentives can be improved and capabilities strengthened.
RSVP: please complete the attached registration form and send it to Ms Mmatsie Masekwa at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax: 012-331 2565 by Wednesday, 4 February 2015.