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The purpose of Chief Directorate: Integrated Water Resource Planning (CD: IWRP) is to ensure the availability of adequate water that is fit for use in the context of a changing climate, through holistic planning, development and management of water resources and systems.

Description of CD: IWRP functions

IWRP derives its mandate mainly from Chapter 2 (Section 6,), Chapter 4 (Section 23) and Chapter 11 (Section 110) of the National Water Act, 1998 and is responsible for, amongst other aspects, the following functions:

  • Ensuring water security for South Africa through integrated planning including development of strategies to reconcile water requirements with water availability(D: National Water Resource Planning).
  • Appraisal of water resource development options at appropriate levels of detail including recommendation of appropriate actions for implementation (D: Optional Analysis).
  • Development and review of models, tools, guidelines and appropriate strategies for planning, development and operation of South Africa‚Äôs water resource systems (D: Water Resource Planning System).
  • Development of response strategies that guide effective response to climate change while minimizing its adverse effect on water resources, guided by best practice available internationally, regionally and locally (D: Climate Change).

The following are the Various functional Units under CD:IWRP:

Directorate: National Water Resorce Planning

  • National Water Resource Planning (D: NWRP) develops national strategies and procedures for the reconciliation of water availability and requirements to meet national social and economic development objectives including strategies requirements, resource quality objectives and international obligations.
  • Optional Analysis (D: OA) identifies and evaluates water resource management options/projects to meet future water requirements and for multi-disciplinary project planning to implement these options, including the development of applicable procedures and guidelines. This includes the environment impact assessment of the recommended development options to obtain the required environmental and other authorizations needed for the implementation of the projects.
  • Water Resource Planning System (D: WRPS) The purpose of the directorate is to evaluate water resources management challenges, and develop solutions, strategies and decision support system (DSS) regarding water resources operating rules, system analysis models, water quality planning, integrated hydrological planning and economic-environmental solutions.
  • Climate Change (D: CC) The purpose of the directorate is to develop strategies, plans, guidelines and tools that guide effective response to climate change while minimizing its adverse effects on the water and sanitation sector.