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An adaptable, multi-disciplinary water resource management framework for the uMngeni River Basin
Expanded Title:The uncertainties of global change and the fast changing socio-economic conditions provide major challenges for water management. At the same time the management of natural resources, water resources in particular, is undergoing a paradigm shift from management practices that have been developed and implemented by technical experts to collaborative governance involving stakeholders. The aim of this project was to develop an adaptable water resource management framework which brings together all stakeholders in a river catchment or basin to define their challenges, own then and jointly look for solutions that will ensure equal access to the resource through understanding trade-offs and downstream implications regarding the sharing of benefits on goods and services provided by a healthy ecological infrastructure. No single framework of those reviewed was sufficient to deliver the required integration for multi-disciplinary water resource management which follows a socio-ecological systems approach at a basin level, integrating people, knowledge and competence from a wide spectrum of society. The framework process produced here is a composite of frameworks and associated processes which has guided the various aspects of the initiative currently underway in the uMngeni Basin, each of which addresses components of the full picture. No two river basins are the same and so the framework provides a guide as to how to understand any particular river basin. The inclusion or exclusion of components, such as the one or more of the range of questions to be answered when populating the Anderies framework, is left to the discretion of the team working through the framework for the river basin under consideration.
Date Published:01/02/2014
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development, Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection, Ecosystem - Climate Change
Document Keywords:Guidelines
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 324/13
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0498-4
Authors:Mitchell S; Hay D; Breen C
Project No:K8/1021
Originator:WRC
Document Size:527 KB
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