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ENGAGING WITH STAKEHOLDERS

June 12, 2014
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The Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) recently began an important stakeholder engagement process to better understand the people and practices operating in the Olifants river basin. The work forms part of the USAID: RESILIM ‘O’ programme and will be carried out in 7 clusters within the basin. This programme is designed to reduce vulnerability …

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A NEW APPROACH TO OLD ISSUES

June 12, 2014
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“I really value what AWARD’s trying to do – the issues in the Olifant’s catchment are all systemically related. It is vitally important for people in the catchment to understand how their actions affect others; be it subsistence farmers, municipalities, conservation bodes or mining corporations,” says Professor Ray Ison. Ray Ison, who holds professorships in Systems …

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LEARNING FROM CHANGE: TRANSFORMING PRACTICES THROUGH COLLABORATIVE ACTION IN A COMMUNAL WETLAND OF MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA.

March 14, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

Abstract: In this paper we will reflect upon the theoretical underpinnings of a project conducted in a South African village bordering on a valley wetland in order to contribute to the discourse of natural resources management. The wetland, located at the foothills of the Drankensberg Mountains in eastern Mpumalanga Province, is a lifeline for roughly one hundred farmers and …

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PLANNING FOR A MULTIPLE USE SYSTEM APPROACH AT LOCAL LEVEL: EXPERIENCES FROM BUSHBUCKRIDGE, SOUTH AFRICA

March 14, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

Abstract Looking at livelihoods strategies of poor rural communities, it becomes evident that people require water for both domestic and productive needs. Access to reliable supplies of water affects a great number of activities, and water availability can provide a wide range of opportunities for the rural poor. However, traditionally, water supply planning has focussed on …

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LEARNING TO COPE WITH CHANGE: TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES THROUGH ADOPTING A SYSTEMS APPROACH IN THE COMMUNAL WETLANDS OF LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA

March 13, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

This project falls under the auspices of the Save the Sand Programme, an integrated catchment management initiative for the Sand River Catchment in South Africa. The catchment (2000 km2), situated in the north-eastern region of South Africa, is regarded as vulnerable in terms of water security. Indeed it is an example of the increasing conflict that is developing …

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“A REVIEW OF COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND SOUTHERN AFRICA (MOZAMBIQUE, ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA, BOTSWANA, AND NAMIBIA) PERTAINING SPECIFICALLY TO FRESHWATER SYSTEMS”

March 13, 2014
/ Categories: Papers

South Africa includes a diversity of freshwater resources: rivers, estuaries, wetlands and lakes, although these are limited (Fundudsi, Kosi Bay, Sibaya and St Lucia). Nonetheless, with a rainfall of 500mm, placing it well below the global average of 800mm, it is a water-stressed country. Issues of governance and rights of access are then key in managing for sustainability …

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LEARNING TO COPE WITH CHANGE: TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES THROUGH ADOPTING A SYSTEMS APPROACH IN THE COMMUNAL WETLANDS OF LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA.

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Learning to cope with  change: transforming agricultural practices through adopting a systems approach in the communal wetlands of Limpopo, South Africa.  ABSTRACT: D, Du Toit, S. Pollard. V. Dlamini, and E. Chuma Basin and Projectcontext This project falls under the auspices of the Save the Sand Programme, an integrated catchment management initiative for the Sand River Catchment in South Africa. …

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ACHIEVING INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: THE MISMATCH IN BOUNDARIES BETWEEN WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND WATER SUPPLY

February 18, 2014
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Achieving Integrated Water Resource Management: the mismatch in boundaries between water resources management and water supply ABSTRACT: S. Pollard (AWARD), D. du Toit (AWARD)  Central to the National Water Policy of South Africa and echoed in the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) and Water Services Act (Act 108 of 1997) is the devolution of water …

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MANAGING IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: HOW THE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES SEEK TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY AND EQUITY IN WATER RESOURCES IN SOUTH AFRICA

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Managing in complex systems: How the catchment management strategies seek to achieve sustainability and equity in water resources in South Africa ABSTRACT: S. Pollard (AWARD), D. du Toit (AWARD), J. Beumar, DWAF (now Ninham-Shand) It is increasingly evident that command-and-control approaches of the past that attempt to manage the system as one that produces a maximum yield have not …

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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN IWRM: WHAT’S GOING WRONG?

February 18, 2014
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Public participation in IWRM: what’s going wrong? ABSTRACT: D. du Toit (AWARD), S. Pollard (AWARD) Despite the strong emphasis on public participation in the National Water Act (NWA), South Africa has yet to implement a comprehensive and functional approach to public engagement at the level of Water Management Areas. Part of the problem is that actual requirements …

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IS THE APPLICATION OF A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS ADEQUATE FOR MEETING TRANSBOUNDARY WATER AGREEMENTS?

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Is the application of a rights-based approach to environmental flows adequate for meeting transboundary water agreements? Experiences from lowveld rivers in South Africa and consequences for Mozambique and Swaziland  ABSTRACT: D. du Toit (AWARD), S. Pollard (AWARD) In this paper we explore a rights approach and the potential value it might hold for South Africa’s ability to honour …

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TOWARDS ADAPTIVE WATER MANAGEMENT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: THE ROLE OF SELF-ORGANISATION AND MULTI-SCALE FEEDBACKS

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Towards adaptive water management in southern Africa: the role of self-organisation and multi-scale feedbacks ABSTRACT: S. Pollard (AWARD), D. du Toit (AWARD) South Africa is acclaimed for its water reform and adoption of integrated water resources management as the framework for managing catchment water resources to achieve equity and sustainability. The proposed process of managing water is inherently …

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DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT UPSTEAM USERS THINK? – A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF PERSPECTIVES AND BELIEFS OF WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE CROCODILE CATCHMENT

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

Does it really matter what upsteam users think? – a preliminary study of perspectives and beliefs of water resources management in the Crocodile Catchment ABSTRACT: D. Du Toit (AWARD), H. Biggs (SANParks), S. Pollard (AWARD), T, Lynam (CSIRO, Australia) This research explores perspectives, attitudes, and beliefs that might affect the way the Crocodile River is managed.  The South …

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THE LANGUAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY A MISSING PIECE OF THE IWRM PUZZLE?

February 18, 2014
/ Categories: Abstracts

The language of sustainability: a missing piece of the IWRM puzzle? ABSTRACT: D. du Toit (AWARD), S. Pollard (AWARD) The looming water crisis as experienced by water-stressed South Africa means that it is faced with a need to update and adapt its water management practices. Fundamental to the implementation of new policies and laws is the recognition that …

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DEVELOPING A SYSTEMIC RESPONSE TO SYSTEMIC ISSUES: THE EMERGENCE OF IWRM IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ACROSS BOUNDARIES.

February 6, 2014
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Developing a systemic response to systemic issues: The emergence of IWRM in South Africa and across boundaries.  ABSTRACT: S. Pollard, D. du Toit Despite the progressive and enabling legislative and institutional framework for environmental flows, there is growing perception in southern Africa that the integrity of the Lowveld river systems is declining. The Lowveld river basins are …

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WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

January 22, 2014
/ Categories: News

AWARD is in the process of re-developing this website. If you're looking for any information that you can't find, please email info@award.org.za and we'll do our best to send it to you. You can also visit our AWARD facebook page. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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LEGISLATION IN RELATION TO LAND, WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE IN COMMUNAL LAND IN SOUTH AFRICA.

March 14, 2007
/ Categories: Report

Natural resources management in the former Bantustans was effected through the Traditional Authorities. This system, deeply resented, has been contested following the political changes of 1994. Today, while their political status is increasing, they are variously effective and contested at local level – but in many instances have lost authority and capacity and support of government structures to play …

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ACCESS TO WATER AND POOR PEOPLES’ LIVELIHOODS: THE CASE OF WARD 16 OF BUSHBUCKRIDGE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

March 14, 2007
/ Categories: Case study

Many villages in South Africa’s rural areas are characterized by a disjuncture between villager’s water needs on the one hand, and the actual supply of water and peoples’ access to and use of that water on the other. When considering rural people’s livelihoods strategies, it becomes evident that people require water for both domestic and …

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SECURING WATER TO ENHANCE LOCAL LIVELIHOODS (SWELL): COMMUNITY-BASED PLANNING OF MULTIPLE USES OF WATER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS

December 14, 2005
/ Categories: Case study

Providing water for productive uses can enhance people’s livelihood options by making significant additions to household food security and nutrition, and generate income. Research by AWARD in 13 villages in the Bushbuckridge municipality showed that where villagers had more water, the economic activities of many poor households in the village doubled (Pérez de Mendiguren and Mabelane, 2001). Typical examples of …

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