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Making Basic Water Services happen – The South African experience in achieving the water MDG.

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An extensive water services programme supported by political commitment and resources has enabled South Africa to achieve its MDG target (of halving the water backlog by 2015) in 2005, and to now chase universal access to water services by 2014.

The programme was initiated by the Department for Water Affairs with the core delivery taking place via local municipalities. A national priority reflected in the country’s Constitution, the programme has now been revised and extended to address critical current issues such as service levels, schemes viability, urbanisation and informal settlements.

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Improving national water governance capacity

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The IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI): one of the IUCN Water and Nature Initiative’s (WANI) main goals is to establish political will and good governance in order to avoid and mitigate conflict and to build collaboration and consensus among all stakeholders on the basis of informed participation. Good governance is one of the main themes of WANI. Power neutral negotiations on water resources development are at the heart of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), a paradigm which WANI follows to achieve a sustainable society that cares for its resources so that water resources can be conserved and restored for the benefit of both ecosystems and humankind.

 

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