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Eiman Karar 
 
2014/05/16 
 
R&D and management tools for the successful roll out of the Catchment Management Agencies in South Africa

After a long hiatus, the CMA establishment is given the green light by the Minister of Water Affairs. The timeframes for the establishment of all 9 CMA with their respective new operational areas is to be concluded in the next 2 years. The required political support for this establishment will certainly change the criticism lately levelled at South Africa for not implementing its legislation. To tackle this problem the WRC workshop is planned for the WISA Biennial Conference on Tuesday , 27 May 2014 at 9:10-12:00.

In the Freshwater Governance Conference held in November 2012, the main messages around Tools for implementation identified the following as needed for effective implementation of decentralised management of water resources;

  • Establishing a system of benchmarking water governance and performance across countries to track progress. Benchmark responsiveness, rule of law, accountability, participation (including gender) and transparency.
  • Developing and implementing tools for spatial planning to understand the complexities and improve integration in WRM.
  • Need for data and information management tools such as simple decision support systems to support effective governance.
  • Strengthening capacity building in water governance to enable sound management and the use of water resources. Lessons learnt suggest that the building of water governance capacity requires longer term time frameworks
  • Using the ecosystems approach to be able to understand the hidden ecological demand for water.

This workshop will amplify on some of the above issues and will share some of the recently developed tools in this regard. A panel discussion can follow the presentations to further discuss the interface of research and researchers in the current CMA national roll out.

The following presentations will shape the discussions in the workshop;

CHAIR: DHESIGEN NAIDOO

9:00

WELCOME AND AIM

SPEAKERS

9:10-

KEY NOTE:

NEW PARADIGM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE NATIONAL WATER ACT

TALLY PLAMER:

9:40

DISCUSSION

 

9:50                                                TEA

 

10:20

WATER GOVERNANCE DECENTRALISATION IN AFRICA

MELANIE WILKINSON

10:40

FUNDING CMA! WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM$

JACKIE CRAFFORD

11:00

AIM FOR ADEQUATE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EXECUTIVE AND BOARD OF CMAS

EDDIE RIDDELL

 
     
 
Eiman Karar , Executive Manager at WRC
 
 
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