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Despite the progressive and enabling legislative and institutional framework for environmental flows, there is growing perception in southern Africa about the continuing decline in the integrity of the Lowveld river systems. Attention is now turning to implementation and the challenges of meeting our commitment to sustainability as outlined in water reforms. The Lowveld river basins …

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It is increasingly evident amongst practitioners and academics alike that the management approaches of the past were failing to deal adequately with the challenges posed by complex and rapidly changing systems. Indeed the call for integrated approaches such as those embodied in Integrated Water Resources Management reflects such concerns. This is because these systems are …

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After having designed and used various games for learning and supporting water management and governance, many similarities appear. However, the components, topologies, and social and political setting of the basins are different. Therefore we have started designing and validating a new generic game platform, WAT-A-GAME, alias AMANZI. This new game aims at facilitating exploration and transformation …

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The severe degradation of the headwater wetlands of the Sand River, South Africa, by large erosion gullies has been a focus of a hydrological monitoring program in order to determine the hydrodynamic response of these wetlands to rehabilitation interventions. This paper presents the findings relating to the behaviour of a headwater wetlands groundwater phreatic surface …

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A complex matter Natural resource management in communal lands Land ownership or tenure falls into two categories, commercial/private land or communal land. Communal land was maintained as the ‘homelands’ under the apartheid regime and fell under the control of a Traditional Author- ity, the administrative arm of the apartheid order. Since the democratic elections of 1994 major legal …

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In a project funded by WWF-SA we have found that wetlands can be used safely but it often means changing the way things are done, This is not easy. A piece of land gets handed down from generation to generation; and each generation inherits the practices of the last. In this way ‘bad prac- tices’ end …

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This report is written for the Leap Symposium 2007, and captures some of the work done to date under the Craigieburn Governance Project, in order to share the findings to date for reflection, analysis and learning within the broader Leap endeavour. Leap is a voluntary association that works in partnership with a number of NGOs, …

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It is increasingly evident that communal wetlands such as those of the Sand River Catchment are widely used throughout South Africa to sustain the livelihoods of the rural poor (see for example Frenken & Mharapara 2002; Gomes et al. 2002; Kotze et al. 2000). Unlike other communal wetlands in southern Africa however, many of these …

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Throughout the world wetlands play an important role in providing water security and eco- system services, and are used to sustain livelihoods of the rural poor. A range of factors determines the long-term sustainable use of wetlands: the biophysical conditions, land-use practices, the livelihoods of users, and the governance arrangements. The key focus for the …

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