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Press Release 
Hlengiwe Cele  

Making the water knowledge accessible

The Water Research Commission (WRC) launches its newly developed website and also celebrates the completion of the WRC Knowledge Review 2008/09 on the 17th September 2009 in Midrand. Being an innovative organization, the WRC is continuously providing novel ways of packaging and transferring knowledge into technology-based products for the water sector and the community at large, both locally and globally.

In an effort to increase ease of access to knowledge and to encourage the creation of an active water research community, the WRC has completed Phase 1 of the development of the Electronic Water Knowledge Hub, i.e. the new WRC Website and the associated infrastructure that will, once the further phases have been completed, allow interactive use and ease of document searches.  This will be characterised by its instant search capability that will enable finding information on 40 years of WRC research work. The users may still visit www.wrc.org.za.

The WRC also publishes the Knowledge Review annually to give stakeholders a complete overview of its fund management, research portfolio, capacity-building initiatives, investment in the generation and transfer of knowledge, and operational activities of the preceding year. Specific examples are given where research has led to improved technology, decision-making and operational management in terms of the current five  Key Strategic Areas (KSAs)  focusing on Water Resource Management, Water-Linked Ecosystems, Water Use and Waste Management and Water Utilisation in Agriculture. Through research the WRC strives to make an impact on water and society, water and the economy, water and the environment and water and health.  

Compiled by: Hlengiwe Cele

Knowledge Dissemination Officer

Tel: +27 12 330 9006

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