Water Wise Programme – Promoting Social Solutions for the Wise Use of Water
Overall Comments on the Process & Outcomes
Action Plans to be Implemented:
1. WATER WISE ADVOCACY
Joint advocacy over the next year through the Rand Water sponsored Communications Forum to achieve the following:
2. EDUCATION PROGRAMME
The two main components identified are a ‘Community Education Programme’ run by council politicians through ward committees and local structures and a ‘Schools Education Programme’. These have to be ‘owned’ by each municipality – if produced by Rand Water then knowledge & skills transfer has to take place. Rand Water has developed Water Wise education & training materials & modules (content and methodologies) that municipalities can make requests for (on a cost-recovery basis). Each municipality to conduct a ‘Needs Analysis’ and a ‘Target Audience Segmentation’ study for their own Water Wise programmes. Each municipality to start submitting annual applications to municipal and national funding bodies for funding for Water Wise programmes.
3. INTERNATIONAL TRAIN-THE-TRAINER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME FOR MUNICIPAL EDUCATORS
South Africans to request international assistance for a ‘train-the-trainer’ programme. The intention is for each municipality to send an education representative to an ‘overseas’ institution to enhance their education & communication skills and experience. They then return and transfer skills to others at the municipality. Each municipality to budget for funding their own representative, or to apply for outside funding for this capacity-building project. Pilot within next year.
4. ESTABLISH WATER WISE EDUCATON / BEHAVIOR CHANGE ‘BEST PRACTICE’ FOR LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS
Comprehensive research to be conducted among local authorities; DWAF and Rand Water. (Review of Communications Audit conducted in 2000) Appoint the Water Research Commission (WRC) or a service provider to consult with all municipalities to formalize the ‘dipstick’ research conducted by this group. To take 3-6 months (ideally before any project or campaign planning.). Results to be disseminated through Communications Forum and placed in an electronic document form on the Knowledge Management hub. Cost approximately R 10 - 20,000 or funded by WRC.
5. DEVELOP A LOCAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT HUB
Development of a Water Wise communication knowledge management hub, probably a web site to be hosted by Rand Water and/or DWAF. To contain local and international research findings; case studies; best practice ideas; downloadable materials; catalogue of what existing materials are available; register of activities conducted by various stakeholders; communication audits etc on one interactive hub. Linked to other sites such as clearinghouse WaterWiser; Wateronline etc. To cost approximately R 50 000 and take approximately 2-3 months including consultation with stakeholders.
6. FUND-RAISING PROGRAMME
Municipalities, supported by Rand Water and DWAF, to produce business plans and applications to submit to potential funding institutions. Approach the following:
Some Overall Lessons Learned
Professional facilitation makes a significant difference in the process and the quality of the outcomes
Botanala, Cities for Climate Protection, City Planning, Department of Provincial & Local Government, DWAF, Ekurheleni Metro, GALA, Gauteng Health Promotion, Govan Mbeki Municipality, Hestonaria Council, Instituto Ipanema, Lesedi Municipality, National Agroforestry Center, Randwater, Westrand District Municipality