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Hlengiwe Cele 
Live broadcast of complexities with water pricing and governance – 2015 World Water Week   

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Water Research Commission (WRC) have partnered to host a workshop on ‘complexities with water pricing and governance’ during the 2015 World Water Week held in Stockholm. The event will be broadcast live between 16:00  to 17:30  on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 (see link below).

This workshop is aimed at sharing a number of dimensions that pertain to different levels of governance which addresses national and regional economic paradigms that depend on water and its role in the economy and its pricing policies.

Water pricing as an instrument of water management has been experimented with in many countries with varying degrees of success. Some have been in the context of well thought through national policies, and others on an ad hoc basis. In addition to the general pricing principles associated with most commodities, water pricing goes the extra mile to secure environmental integrity, human rights realization and is often core to economic strategy. These are theoretically realised, they are not always the core considerations in the design of water pricing and tariffing policies and strategies. Balancing the economic principles around efficient resource use with the multiplier effects which water-use in labour-intensive sectors such as agriculture in developing countries context is important. This proposed workshop is intended to challenge the conventional economical rational which provides a competitive edge to capital-intensive industries (due to their increased ability to implement water-saving technologies) compared with the labour-intensive sectors. This has profound developmental implications for developing countries such as South Africa.

Click on the link below to follow the discussions from 4:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday, 25th August 2015.


For more information contact: Ms Eiman Karar, WRC Executive Manager, and Water Resource Management by email: eimank@wrc.org.za  


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