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This case study seeks to understand water services delivery challenges of the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality in the context of integrated water resources management. It will unpack what is happening and not happening in terms of water services delivery within the IWRM context in Bushbuckridge. It will also attempt to draw out reasons for this situation. …

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Contemporary South Africa finds itself in a process of restoring the race and gender inequalities which resulted from the Apartheid era. As a part of this process the national government adopted new water legislation, which is based on the ideas of integrated water resource management (IWRM). A participatory approach forms a key element of this …

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Members from IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), have expressed concerns about the rapidly changing world in which they bear the responsibility to manage such important areas, supported as they are with little information or preparation to deal with these growing risks. Global change factors (Box 1) can pose serious challenges to the sustainability …

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The challenge of sustainability One of the challenges facing agriculture and food production is determining whether they are sustainable or not. Users of any natural resource should always strive to ensure that sustainable practices are being put in place and that farming activities are having a positive, not a negative effect, on ecosystem resources. Ongoing negative …

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The Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) through one of its projects, “Save the Sand Project ” (SSP), has over the past 3 years developed a framework to involve stakeholders and governance bodies in the development and implementation of the new legal framework for water resources management in South Africa. This framework is currently …

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Over the past decades, throughout much of the world water management has moved away from supply driven management, dominated by engineering and hydrological issues, toward demand driven solutions. Along these lines, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) has gained prominence as a powerful water management paradigm5 and the notion of tradable formal or administrative entitlements, known variously …

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Creating a legal framework to support water resource protection is one of the many challenges faced by the South African Government in realising its Constitutional mandate to achieve sustainability. In attempting to do so it has adopted a rights approach to water resource management, largely enacted by the National Water Act (NWA) [Act No. 36 …

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Protected areas such as the Kruger National Park face many management challenges of which ensuring a healthy flow of rivers into the park is one of the most important. Although previous management policies isolated Kruger from its neighbours, this position has changed as the Park seeks to negotiate a respected ‘place’ for water and conservation …

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