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Development and assessment of an integrated water resources accounting methodology for South Africa
Expanded Title:An assessment of water availability versus demand, reported by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in DWAF (2004) for the year 2000, indicated that though South Africa had a national surplus of water, demand exceeded supply in 10 out of the 19 Water Management Areas (WMAs). All, except one, of the 19 WMAs are linked by inter-catchment transfers that assist in the spatial redistribution of water from areas with adequate supply and low demand, to highly developed areas with high demand (DWAF, 2004). This situation is not unique to South Africa; Molden et al. (2007) state that 1.2 billion people live in river basins where utilisation of water resources is not sustainable. Karimi et al. (2013a) state that the time has come for water users from different sectors to communicate and cooperate to develop objectives for sustainable water and environmental management. However, it is a challenge to describe integrated water resources management issues in a simple but sufficiently comprehensive manner (Karimi et al., 2013a). Water accounting enables water resource managers and policy makers to clearly view the options available to them together with the required scientific information, and to make decisions based on the water resources available in a catchment with an understanding of the potential impacts on all water users (IWMI, 2013).
Date Published:01/11/2015
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development, R & D - Methodology
Document Keywords:Guidelines
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2205/1/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0722-0
Authors:Clark DJ
Project No:K5/2205
Originator:WRC
Document Size:8 027 KB
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