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Shared Rivers Initiative Phase 1 towards ecosystems sustainability
Expanded Title:Based on the findings of the study, achieving ERs – and indeed the Reserve - does not reside within the environmental domain alone, it is a collective action involving participation by multiple stakeholders in specific learning and training forums. Indeed, achieving the Reserve is predicated on water reform and IWRM and the collective contribution and synergies of a number of strategies, plans and practices. Of utmost importance that came out of the study is the recognition of the fact that achieving the Reserve cannot be done in isolation, Reserve is just, but one of the key components of the IWRM which is required for proper integral management of water resources at Basin level. Progress towards this complex goal varies widely between catchments and at different scales. Cases where systems show a better balanced approach needs strengthening – especially where this is achieved through collective action, good governance, strong leadership, feedbacks, learning and regulation. These can offer lessons and frameworks for weaker situations. If a people-centred approach that is guided by sustainability is to be sought, then there is a need to find new ways of understanding, collectively, the benefits associated with water resources protection measures (such as through the Reserve). Such thinking needs to extend across boundaries - be they upstream-downstream, sectoral or international. This is critical in ensuring mechanisms of sharing our scarce freshwater resources collectively.
Date Published:01/02/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Catchment Management
Document Keywords:Environment
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 477/10
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0058-0
Authors:Pollard S; Du Toit D
Project No:K5/1711
Organizations:Association for Water and Rural Development
Document Size:10 852 KB
Attachments:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for TT 477.pdf
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