The training material for training non-specialist trainers in Integrated Water Resources Management aims to:
- increase the capacity of community governance structures and traditional leadership in order to promote IWRM, and
- increase the connectedness between different governance structures in order to promote IWRM.
The training was developed for the uMngeni catchment located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The majority of the population lives in peri-urban areas under traditional leadership. The Zulu leadership in KwaZulu-Natal administers land rights in a traditional way. As the leadership and their communities often lack the understanding of the interdependent nature of land and water, cooperation between traditional and administrative governance is not a priority in traditional governance. The material is suited to increase the understanding of the interdependent nature of water and land resources and the role that citizens can play in water governance.
The training material includes four presentations:
- An introduction to basic concepts including hydrology, ecosystems and land-water linkages.
- Challenges and approaches to water resources management.
- An overview of the different organisations and structures involved in water resources management in the uMngeni catchment and their specific functions.
- The community’s role in water resources management and how they can get involved.
Furthermore, a handbook was developed for the participants of the training.
The material can easily be adapted to other contexts, as only few sections refer specifically to the special situation in the uMngeni catchment. The material is available in English and isiZulu.
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- Training manual
- Presentation session 1: Basic introduction to water management: definitions and concepts
- Presentation session 2: Challenges and approaches to managing water
- Presentation session 3: Exploring IWRM – Enabling environment, institutional roles and management instruments
- Presentation session 4: Exploring your role in IWRM