Engaging with forums for collaboration and discussion on water resources management
Catchment Management Forums
These are platforms for stakeholder engagement largely through the support for the development of the CMF Charters and Charter Guidelines. In this regard AWARD has been instrumental in helping to institutionalise ways of ensuring meaningful participation in Catchment Management Forums through the development of Guidelines for the development of CMF Charters and through assisting forums with the development of their specific charters. We are currently working with the Department of Water and Sanitation and stakeholders in the development of Charters for all sub-catchments of the Olifants catchment.
The Olifants Letaba Luvuvhu and Inkomati Forum, convened by Department of Water and Sanitation to support sharing and networking, meets quarterly to share information on the aforementioned catchments and the newly-established LOROC (Lower Olifants River Operations Committee).
The Lower Olifants River Operations Committee includes water service providers (e.g. Lepelle Northern Water), Department of Water and Sanitation, irrigation water users, municipalities, SANParks and Ara-Sul in Mozambique. This committee meets bi-monthly to discuss the management of river flow and dam conditions in the Olifants Catchment in response to the drought conditions.