Water Governance Training Course – Pretoria

Water Governance Training Course – Pretoria

What is “Water Governance”? Water Governance refers to the political, social, economic, legislative and administrative systems in place that influence the use and management of water. South Africa, a water scarce country, has a law and policy framework for water which is regarded as among the most progressive worldwide. Our water-related law is based upon the constitutional recognition of the right of access to water and the right to an environment that is not harmful to health and well-being, and ensures prevention of pollution and sustainable use of natural resources. Course Objectives This three-day course has been designed to facilitate understanding of the principles of Water Governance from a Human Rights perspective, and covers international water governance approaches, sustainable water resource management initiatives, and the implementation of measures in South Africa through statutes such as the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), the National Water Act (NWA), the Water Services Act (WSA), the NEM: Waste Act, the NEM: Integrated Coastal Management Act (ICMA), and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA), the relevant regulations made under these laws, as well as their respective requirements for authorisation. It furthermore focusses on facilitating understanding of water use authorisation and the circumstances under which a water use license (WUL) is required, as well as of the process to apply for (and amend) a WUL. Practical aspects associated with the substantive and procedural issues around WULs, as currently described in regulations, procedures and guidelines of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), including the preparation of specific documents such as Integrated Water and Waste Management Plans (IWWMPs), and regulatory requirements for water quantity and quality monitoring,…