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Towards improved Water-Energy-Climate Change nexus assessment in South Africa: A Participatory Approach

Version 1 : Received: 30 June 2021 / Approved: 2 July 2021 / Online: 2 July 2021 (14:14:46 CEST)

How to cite: Mathetsa, S.M.; Simatele, M.D.; Rampedi, I.T. Towards improved Water-Energy-Climate Change nexus assessment in South Africa: A Participatory Approach. Preprints 2021, 2021070058 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0058.v1). Mathetsa, S.M.; Simatele, M.D.; Rampedi, I.T. Towards improved Water-Energy-Climate Change nexus assessment in South Africa: A Participatory Approach. Preprints 2021, 2021070058 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0058.v1).

Abstract

This paper discusses the use of a participatory approach to assess the level of understanding of the Water-Energy-Climate Change nexus in South Africa. The aim is to facilitate the development of well-coordinated, systematic, and holistic strategies for efficient management of the nexus and its implications in the country. The assessment was guided by the broader Integrated Water Resource Management framework, which promotes a participatory approach in the administration of water resources. The paper argues that despite the reasonable level of understanding of WECC, there is still a lack of integrated policy development and planning among key stakeholders. This is exacerbated by limited coordination and consultation among these stakeholders, particularly policymakers. This necessitates the urgent adoption of holistic and systems thinking approaches, and the promotion of collaboration among different stakeholders mandated to manage WECC sectors. Until such approaches are adopted, the WECC nexus will continue to impede the country’s socio-economic development and environmental wellbeing.

Subject Areas

participatory approach, WECC nexus, South Africa, integrated water resource management

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