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South Africa's Water Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap: 2015-2025
Expanded Title:The national Water Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap provides a structured framework to focus the contribution of RDI activity to the implementation of national policy, strategy and planning in water resources management in South Africa. The vision of the roadmap is that South Africa is a leader among middle income countries in the development and deployment of water management practices and technologies. It competes with leading countries in providing sustainable solutions. This has been achieved by means of a National Water Research, Development, and Deployment* (RDD) Programme focused on: delivery of at least one breakthrough technology every five years; increasing the number of small and medium sized enterprises operating in the water sector; increasing access to water for rural communities, including provision of sanitation for all in a sustainable manner. Together, this creates significant economic, health, social and environmental benefit. The contribution of RDD to achieving the vision results from a focus on four key objectives: Increase the availability of water; improve the governance, planning and management of supply and delivery; enable water and sanitation services to operate as a sustainable “business” and increase the efficiency and productivity of water use. The roadmap was developed through an exhaustive, structured process of eliciting staged responses from the professional community, reviewing the inputs, and assessing their implications. The roadmapping process included participation, input, review, and revision from key stakeholders in industry, government and organisations within the National System of Innovation. The roadmap provides strategic direction, a set of action plans and an implementation framework to guide, plan, coordinate and manage South Africa’s portfolio investment for the next ten years in seven identified clusters of RDD activity. The investment aspiration and potential return on investment is also mapped out. The result of this process is a set of seven plans which over the period 2015-2025 develop out pathways to progress from the 2015 situation to a much improved future state, by implementing interventions in research, development, testing, demonstration, and deployment of new technologies and know-how, and demonstration and deployment of emerging technologies. The seven plans provide itemised, actionable tasks under the following headings: 1. Water supply 1.1. Increase ability to make use of more sources of water, including alternatives 1.2. Improve governance, planning and management of supply and delivery 1.3. Improve adequacy and performance of supply infrastructure 1.4. Run water as a financially sustainable “business” by improving operational performance 2. Water demand 2.1. Improve governance, planning, and management of demand and use 2.2. Reduce losses and increase efficiency of productive use 2.3. Improve performance of pricing, monitoring, billing, metering and collection Developing, strengthening and embedding South Africa’s water RDD capability and capacity within and between research institutions, academic institutions, industry and government, will enable faster and more effective deployment of context-appropriate technologies and create opportunities for the export of know-how and technology into the African continent and beyond. This Water RDI Roadmap thus provides a set of Research, Development, and Deployment clusters (focal areas) and associated high level action plans to guide investments over a ten year period, and it also lays out an investment ambition to achieve these plans. This Roadmap is a high level planning tool that facilitates and guides refocusing of research, reprioritization of funds, synergising of existing initiatives and ring-fencing of new resources in order to facilitate a more optimal water innovation system. * i.e. Deployment of innovative technologies and new know-how.
Date Published:28/07/2015
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:R & D - Information technology
Document Keywords:Guidelines, Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2305/1/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0683-4
Project No:K5/2305
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Department of Science and Technology ; Department of Water and Sanitation
Document Size:7 033 KB
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