The mission of the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) is of a pioneering catchment management system that empowers stakeholders to engage in consensual and adaptive decision-making, to achieve reform, and to promote persistent social, economic and environmental justice across the Inkomati Catchment.
The Agency supports the cooperative management of the Inkomati basin as an internationally shared watercourse. The decision-making environment of the Agency, including delegated functions, enables collaborative action towards equity, sustainability and efficiency in a continually evolving socio-economic system. The Agency manages the resources adaptively, cooperatively and progressively to achieve social, economic and environmental justice, and promote healthy living.
The Agency’s functions are to: investigate and advise interested persons on the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of the water resources in its water management area; develop a catchment management strategy; coordinate the related activities of water users and of the water management institutions within its water management area; promote the coordination of its implementation with the implementation of any applicable development plan; promote community participation in the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of the water resources in its water management area; prevent and remedy effects of pollution; and control emergency incidents in respect of water resource pollution or potential water resource pollution.