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IWRM flows and practices in southern Africa , 21 September 2015, Pretoria


This dialogue was hosted in South Africa, supported by the Water Research Commission to assist numerous researchers involved in a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council entitled: ’Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in eastern and southern Africa’. The project, which started in 2011, covered selected catchments in five African countries (Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe). It engaged cross-cutting issues including how the ideas of IWRM travelled back and forth from Europe to Africa, how it was introduced to Africa, its major dimensions and how it is influencing or not influencing current water policies and laws.


Flows, translations and practices in IWRM in Tanzania  Van Koppen et, al

Water Governance and Traditional Leadership in South Africa – Barbara Tapela

Flow and Practices: The Politics of IWRM in southern Africa – Mehta et al, Project overview

Equity and human rights in water governance – Leila M Harris

The Birth and Spread of IWRM: A Case Study of Global Policy Translation – Jeremy Allouche

IWRM in Zimbabwe – Derman et, al

Reflections on the Formulation and Implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Reforms in Southern and Eastern Africa from a Gender Perspective - Derman et, al

Approaches for Emerging Farmer Participation in Water Resource Management: The Case of the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA), Western Cape – Bongani Ncube

20 Years of Trying IWRM in Uganda  Alan Nicol


Findings of the baseline and scoping study on freshwater inland fisheries, 2 June 2015 Cape Town

The Water Research Commission launched a directed research project entitled “Baseline And Scoping Study On The Development And Sustainable Utilisation Of Storage Dams For Inland Fisheries And Their Contribution To Rural Livelihoods” to provide a knowledge base to inform the development of policy and institutional arrangements for inland fishery governance.

Production and economic potential of inland fisheries by Dr Olaf Weyl, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity


Presentations :

New Avenues to nutritional security - Dhesigen Naidoo , WRC  CEO

Indigenous knowledge and current small scale fishery practices- Barbara Tapela, PLAAS ,UWC

Governance Requirements for Inland Fisheries by Prof Mafaniso Hara, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape

Requirements for Developing a National Inland Fisheries Policy by  Prof Peter Britz, Rhodes University

Production and economic potential of inland fisheries by Olaf LF Weyl


DDT Water and Health: A transdisciplinary dialogue on risks, myths and research findings , 30 January 2015 , Pretoria


Summary of the dialogue

Contact : Dr Inga Jacobs -Mata ingaj@wrc.org.za C


Unconvential Gas Mining: Multi-stakeholder dialogue on the state of play

3 June 2013, Cape Town


This dialogue aimed to unpack the status of our knowledge of the resource as well as the potential impact of unconventional gas mining and its related activities on the environment and in particular our water resources. There are considerable gaps in our knowledge on not only the available gas reserves but also the behaviour of the reservoirs, especially at depth and the interaction with relatively fresher water supplies near the surface. Inter- and intra institutional coordination and cooperation will be important to create a new paradigm in resource development throughout the lifecycle that not only ensures economic security but also environmental and social security. The development of an accepted roadmap was one of the main outcomes of this specific dialogue.


Presentations :

Helgard Muller , Department of Water Affairs

Philippa Scott , Shell Research Ltd

Jonathan Deal , Treasure Karoo Action Group

Shafick Adams , Water Research Commission

Zoe George , AEON/NMMU

Danie Vermeulen ,Institute for Groundwater Studies ,University of Free State


Contact: Dr Shafick Adams: shaficka@wrc.org.za  


SEMINAR: Growing financial inefficiencies in the South African water services sector - challenges with setting tariffs and cost recovery, 14 June 2013,  Pretoria


The WRC and SALGA hosted a seminar on 14th June 2013 on Growing financial inefficiencies in the South African water services sector - challenges with setting tariffs and cost recovery.  The purpose of the seminar was to discuss and establish key challenges specifically on tariffs, costs of O&M and cost recovery in sustainable water service delivery, as well as generating fresh insights into ways by which to address these challenges.  The objective of the seminar was to share key learning and findings emanating from a number of research outcomes, provide a summary of these key challenges, and a set of proposals by which some of these challenges may be addressed. 


 Presentations :

Benchmarking Municipal Efficiencies: A Preliminary Study

Cost of Municipal Services: ‘Best practice’ benchmarking of operating costs

Impressions from the KZN Case Studies

 Transfer and tariffs for municipal water services

Setting Municipal Water Service Tariffs for Cost Recovery in SA


Reassessing Policy vs.  Managing  Demand  

Insights and Opportunities for Improved Efficiencies arising from the Municipal Benchmarking Initiative

Framework for economic regulation of water services in municipalities

 Recognising and managing the key challenges in water service delivery

Value Transfer and Debt Burden as a measure of vulnerability:
How bad is the situation?
Contact:  Mr Jay Bhagwan : jayb@wrc.org.za   and LG






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