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The Shared River Initiative Phase II - Part 3 - Development of a participatory framework for understanding Water-related ecosystem services within the context of Classification and the Reserve
Expanded Title:The findings of Phase 1 of the Shared Rivers Initiative (SRI) prompted a second phase. The aim was to assess the sustainability of the water resources of the six major lowveld river systems, and the factors that constrain or contribute to this, in order to provide a grounding from which to design and implement real change. The statutory commitment to sustainability or Environmental Water Requirements (EWRs) is the ecological Reserve which refers to both the quantity and quality of water needed to protect aquatic ecosystems in order to secure ecologically sustainable development and use, of the relevant water resource (National Water Act 1998) (NWA). This project identified Stakeholder “fatique” at the on-going discussions but continued apparent inaction of the authorities. This study has produced guidelines to collective action, to build understanding of the importance of the Reserve and consequences of non-compliance in maintaining this reserve. The legal issues and inadequacies were also examined. SRI Phase 1 (WRC Report TT477/10) had revealed short comings related to the role of diverse stakeholders. In this study, collective action was applied in three case studies. Guidelines have been produced on how to engage society about water resources management. (Part 1 - Report TT/13). SRI Phase 1 also identified the general lack of understanding and appreciation of the importance of compliance, or danger of not complying with the needs of the ecological reserve. A Guiding Framework has been created to simplify the science relating to the importance of the reserve as a shared resource and explaining the impacts on downstream users. (Part 2- TT /13) Lastly, the SRI-1 revealed poor compliance and enforcement of NWA. The third report identifies the failure to ensure successful court cases and lack of capacity to apply the law. (Part 3- TT /13) An open debate on this aspect was also presented at the WRC International Conference on Freshwater Governance 2012.
Date Published:09/09/2013
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development, Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 574/13
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0470-0
Authors:Pollard S; Biggs H; Rydannykh A; Du Toit D; Laporte-Bisquit A
Project No:K5/1920
Document Size:2 573 KB
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