Course WeatherSmart Integrated Water Resources Management

Location: South Africa and The Netherlands

Period: 2016-2017

Project background

IUCMA is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in at least the past 20 years (if not more). 2015 has been acknowledged as the driest year on record by the South African Weather Services (SAWS), with several stations recording new record high temperatures. As a result, the dam and river levels in the Crocodile River and its tributaries are extremely low and are continuing to decrease at a very rapid rate.

Practical knowledge on the implementation of integrated water resource management (IWRM) and the availability and use of (near)real time information can improve the decisions to be made to better cope with the small amount of water. The cooperation with SAWS information makes realtime monitoring and the prediction of weather as well as water availability easily digitally accessible. This training which integrates the knowledge and inspiration of the Dutch colleagues of the Waterschappen will empower the South African Catchment Management Agencies in implementing IWRM and making WeatherSmart decisions during times when every raindrop counts and agricultural production is at risk.


This project will contain:

  • Basic knowledge on the practical implementation of integrated water resource management including water quality, water quantity, water availability
  • Smart use of decision support tools: how to benefit from these tools and to make WeatherSmart decisions
  • How to benefit from weather information for more effective, efficient and reliable water allocation
  • How to inform the farmers, Municipalities, Industry and other stakeholders on the availability of water and extreme weather conditions
  • Training of Trainer programme to store and spread the acquainted knowledge and skills

AquaDactics initiated this project idea and will be the project lead partner. AquaDactics will execute a Training Needs Analysis, develop the programmes and facilitate in the execution in South Africa.


Nuffic TMT programme (financer), Dutch Embassy in South Africa, IUCMA (ZA), Hydrologic (NL), Dutch Water Authorities – Kingfisher project (NL), World Water Academy (NL)

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