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Building an adaptive and stakeholder centred Catchment Management Agency in the Inkomati/Usuthu river catchment
Expanded Title:The South African National Water Act emphasises “the need for the integrated management of all aspects of water resources” in ways that enable “everyone to participate” in an integrated and adaptive manner (p1 Preamble). This demands a major shift in thinking and acting from the old command (bureaucratic) and control (technological) approach to water management. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has become the dominant water management concept over the last few decades. IWRM is a process which promotes the participation of stakeholders in the coordinated management of water, land and related resources, in order to maximise the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. Although IWRM is rich in concept, it lacks any clear implementation framework. In this study we look to practices in natural resource management for such a framework. Natural resources, however, cannot be understood or managed in isolation from the social systems in which they are embedded. The emergent concept of integrated “social-ecological systems” has therefore become a powerful tool in natural resource management, including for water. “Adaptive management” is widely accepted as the primary tool for the management of social ecological systems. Adaptive management differs from traditional management approaches in that it recognises the inevitability of unexpected change and surprises and encourages management activities to proceed despite the resultant uncertainty.
Date Published:01/06/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Catchment Management
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2072/1/16
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0800-5
Authors:Rogers KH; Luton R
Project No:K5/2072
Organizations:University of the Witwatersrand
Document Size:825 KB
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