Facilitating the implementation of Water Sensitive Urban Design in South Africa

What is Water Sensitive Urban Design?

Water Sensitive Urban Design is a process and a philosophy that brings ‘sensitivity to water’ into urban areas, placing water at the top of the agenda.

It encompasses all aspects of integrated urban water cycle management and aims to create water sensitive cities through physical infrastructure, governance arrangements and social engagement.

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Our Community of Practice

Since 2014, we have striven for a paradigm shift towards water sensitivity through a Community of Practice.We work together to facilitate the widespread implementation of Water Sensitive Design in South Africa through knowledge sharing, capacity development and stakeholder engagement activities.

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Explore and share your water story

Be on the water map

The map documents water relationships and Water Sensitive Design initiatives in South Africa. We invite you to explore and add your own input.

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Join collaborative efforts to develop an interactive map of water users, sources, and uses. By documenting various water activities and stories, we hope to better understand people's different relationships with water.

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Our activities

Water Sensitive Design training

We conduct Water Sensitive Design training, empowering water sector professionals to integrate the principles in their everyday work.

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The Water Sensitive Design Community of Practice is hosted by Future Water research institute, University of Cape Town, and funded by the South African Water Research Commission and Department of Science and Innovation