Facilitating the implementation of Water Sensitive Design in South Africa

What is Water Sensitive Design?

Water Sensitive 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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What we do

We facilitate the widespread implementation of Water Sensitive Design in South Africa through knowledge sharing, capacity development and stakeholder engagement activities.

Since 2014, we have contributed to a paradigm shift towards water sensitivity through the Community of Practice.

WSD training

Our activities

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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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Interactive water map

The map documents the range of 'watery' landscapes and Water Sensitive Design initiatives in South Africa. We invite you to explore and add your own input.

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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