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The Water Sector 2025 – Institutional Landscape
Expanded Title:The Water Research Commission initiated the research project to build knowledge about key drivers and uncertainties related to the future of the South African water sector institutional landscape. The focus was on water resource management in the country, with relevance also to the water services sector. The institutional landscape referred to the context in which water institutions would operate in the future, rather than different operational models or configurations for water institutions. This knowledge has been translated into different scenarios (or stories) that hold potential implications for social and economic development, as well as for water resources and services. This research provides stakeholders and policy-makers in South Africa’s water sector with valuable insights to strengthen decision-making and to counter undesirable trajectories of change. The knowledge produced through this project will not only benefit resource managers and decision-makers, but will empower all role players in the water sector to engage in participative governance. Role players include politicians and policy-makers, government officials, the private sector, civil society, the urban middle class and poor rural communities. The knowledge for this project has been generated and sourced through structured research, by means of targeting existing and new institutional structures, to ensure a far-reaching participative process and the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders. The project team identified water-related needs, priorities and uncertainties from diverse perspectives through engagement with different stakeholder groups. The project team made use of a broad range of methods, such as interactive workshops, semi-structured interviews and a web-based survey to include rural- and urban-based stakeholders from different cultures and with different educational backgrounds. Since the project was built on a process of continuous learning and feedback, participants in the research process also improved their understanding of the development and application of scenarios. The shorter report, which focuses on four different futures for the South African water sector institutional landscape, will be widely distributed to stakeholders to support the overarching objective of strengthening institutional development. Due to the inherent evolution of the social process which underpins the scenario development process, the research has been iterative and has allowed for continuous assessment, learning and adaptation.
Date Published:01/12/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development
Document Keywords:Policy and regulation
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 514/11
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0202-7
ISBN Set No:978-1-4312-0203-4
Authors:Claassen M; Funke N; Nienaber S
Project No:K5/1841
Originator:WRC
Organizations:CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment
Document Size:2 322 KB
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