Research on water security does not reflect water scarcity reality

first_img TAGSAfrican Utility Week and POWERGEN Africawater resourceswater scarcity Previous articleVideo: TID ROLLOVERNext articleSolar process heat plant to save energy costs for Wits University residences Annemarie RoodbolAnnemarie Roodbol is the Senior Communications Manager at Clarion Events Africa based in Cape Town and manages media coverage and PR campaigns for several energy and mining events on the continent and contributes to the content development and creation for the various Clarion Events Africa media titles. “We need to encourage collaboration. Government policy on water should be informed by research and development so that we do not end up doing what we have always done. We need creative solutions to translate research into usable information,” urged Makelane. Makelane said funding for water research declined over the last five years which is highly problematic. “The expenditure in water R&D declined by approximately 45% over the five years period (2009/10 – 2013/14). This is scary because as we speak the country has a water road map and I hope we will be putting up more money.” According to Makelane water security is integral to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). She said the SDGs cannot be achieved without water security. According to her research and development have a direct impact on water resource management and promotes training and capacity building in the sector, she said. “It can lead to creative solutions and help influence how people and society behave. BRICS Makelane also stressed the need for intersectoral funding between government and the private sector for more progress towards water security. Segame said what surprises him most about the water sector is the way governments tend to put it behind all other sectors like energy, roads, agriculture and health. “What they don’t realise, however, is that without water no sector can survive.” African Utility Week and POWERGENAfricaWebsite:  Twitter:    #AUW2019  #PGAF2019Linkedin: African Utility Week She told delegates there are initiatives underway for policy and science exchanges to help facilitate this. Contact:Senior communications manager:  Annemarie RoodbolTelephone:  +27 21 700 3558Mobile:  +27 82 562 7844Email:  [email protected] Makelane reminded delegates that South Africa is a water scarce country and to secure water it needs to improve demand management, storage and protect water sources more effectively to not lose the little resources that are available. “This all starts with investing in research because this is how we will know how to plan and decide what dams and reservoirs to build where.” Research fellow at the Nelson Mandela University Dr Hlamulo Makelane told delegates at the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition that South Africa that is a water scarce country, yet expenditure on research and development for water security does not reflect this picture. Issued by: There are reportedly more than 2 billion people worldwide in countries with severe water constraints and the African continent is no exception. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Intersectoral funding Chief executive officer of Malawi’s Central Region Water Board Gift Sageme in an earlier interview also underscored the importance of water security being integral to all facets of society. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA In this regard scientific publications in water research should be translated into sector-wide innovation, covering both demand management and new approaches to the management of water resources,” she said. Written by Alicestine October AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation Finance and Policy Researchers on Wednesday raised concerns over decreased expenditure on water security research amidst serious drought problems across southern Africa. The African Utility Week andPOWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition ends Thursday. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more