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Water Resource protection: Review of the state-of-the-art and research and development needs for SA
Expanded Title:Water plays a significant role in the economies of the agricultural, business and industrial sectors. Expanding populations, economies and climate change have put pressure on the quality and availability of water resources in South Africa, therefore water resource protection becomes increasingly important for sustainable water supply management. Hence, a review of the state-of-the-art of water resource protection in South Africa has been undertaken. Gaps in scientific understanding and implementation with regards to water resource protection have been identified through literature review and discussions with stakeholders and experts. Aiming to improve the water resource protection in South Africa, a research strategy has been developed to tackle the most relevant of the identified gaps.The objective and strategic intent of follow-up research studies is to build knowledge for: Enabling water resource protection through Integrated Catchment Management that supports adaptation to climate and socio-economic change. The gaps identified and their causes were turned into research questions and prioritised according to the following criteria: 1. Possible short-term gain by changing implementation (Pillar Society) 2. Possible medium-term gain by reviewing and updating legislation / regulations (Pillar Legislation) 3. Initiating a structured, longer-term programme to build knowledge (Pillar Science) WRC – Water Resource Protection Research Strategy The following five (5) research studies or programmes have been prioritised: 1. Audit of the current status of RDM and SDC implementation and enforcement; 2. Establishment of ‘model catchments’ on a sub-catchment and catchment scale; 3. Awareness campaigns and training programmes for social behaviour changes; 4. Roll-out of cooperative governance framework ensuring cooperative governance across all sectors and all tiers of government, and enabling enforcement of compliance with rules and permits; and 5. Review and update of existing tools and best practice guidelines.
Date Published:01/05/2017
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development, Water Resource Management/IWRM - Water Governance
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2532/1/17
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0879-1
Authors:Riemann K; McGibbon DC; Gerstner K; Scheibert S; Hoosain M; Hay ER
Project No:K5/2532
Organizations:Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd
Document Size:1 731 KB
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