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Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management in South Africa


Project location South Africa
Starting date 15 December 2010
Completion date 15 March 2014
Partners Consortium led by WUR
Project leader Chris Mannaerts
Project officer Bert Boer
Project type Contract education
Contract research
Budget 120,000 EUR (ITC)

The CB4IWRM-SA project aims to further enhance the education and research capacities of the Cape Peninsula University of technology (CPUT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the area of Integrated Water Resources Management, focusing on equitable, effective and sustainable water management in South Africa. The ITC – University of Twente (ITC-UT) contribution to the project focusses on the establishment of earth observation and geospatial analysis capacity at the institutions. This responds to an urgent need expressed by South Africa to increase institutional, technical and scientific capacity in using earth observation data for natural resource monitoring and management. Within the project, near real time earth observation and in-situ data reception infrastructure and earth observation capacity to support water management is being set-up at the Institute of Water Sciences of the UWC. The GEONETCast global data dissemination and open geospatial data analysis technology developed by ITC-UT with 52North is used as work infrastructure.

The project medium and long term goals further aim to build long standing education and research partnerships, and to maximize knowledge exchange between South African and the Dutch partners. Funding for this project is provided under the Dutch NUFFIC-NICHE program. Project partners are WUR, CPUT, UWC, UNESCO-IHE, IRC, ITC-UT and Pegasys.

Keywords: IWRM, institution building, research capacity development, earth observation, GEONETCast data infrastructure


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