FETWater

Building capacity towards a better water future

FETWater Phase III is a knowledge transfer and capacity building programme linking learning resources and training capacity to integrate water resource management expertise in areas where they are needed most.

FETWater Networks

The FET Water program focuses on the six thematic priority (networks) areas namely water infrastructure, water monitoring, water planning and implementation, water regulation & requirements, water use, service & sanitation, Institutional management & goverance.

SANC for UNESCO IHP

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is one of the six intergovernmental programmes (ISPs) of the United Nations system and the only programme devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building. Since its inception in 1975, IHP has evolved from an internationally

FETWater ProgramME

Background to FETWater

The FETWater was established in 2002, as a response to a 1998 study by the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry,
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organisation, which revealed a marked lack of human resources and competencies in the local water sector. This deficiency not only jeopardises the implementation of the National Water Act, but also hampers the country’s ability to conform with, and take advantage of, global trends in integrated water resource management.

This led to the establishment of FETWater Phase I which ran from 2002 to 2005. This was followed by FETWater Phase II which ran from 2007 to 2010. More than a thousand professionals received training through Phase II of the programme.

The programme supported the following thematic areas:

• Resource directed measures
• Groundwater
• Beneficial use of water
• Wetlands and rivers
• Catchment management agencies expertise development
• Catchment management strategy development
• Water-related disaster management.

The programme undertook various activities, including developing training materials, conducting training sessions, conducting capacity audits, developing Masters-level programmes and developing short courses for the training needs of professionals in the water sector. In addition, specifi c attention was placed on accompanying software for
the management of the resource by government officials, and training on the implementation of estuarine environmental water requirements.

FETWater Phase III

On the basis of the outcomes of the impact assessment report for FETWater Phases I and II, completed in 2010, and a meeting held between the then Department of Water Affairs and UNESCO in 2011, recommendations were made to continue with the programme, leading to launch of Phase III of FETWater.

In May 2014 a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), appointing the WRC as the implementing agent for FETWater Phase III. This phase of the programme will run until 2020.

FETWater Phase III is a knowledge transfer and capacity building programme linking learning resources and training capacity to integrate water resource management expertise in areas where they are needed most. The programme will also utilise networks as mechanisms to ensure collaboration and to address specific capacity needs in the South African water sector.

Hence FETWater aims to develop and transfer knowledge in order to build a critical mass of water scientists, and facilitate the process of implementing the National Water Act, by focusing on six thematic areas:

  • Water infrastructure
  • Water monitoring and assessment
  • Water planning and implementation
  • Water regulation requirements
  • Water use, services and sanitation
  • Institutional management and governance

The new capacity building needs and requirements that will be considered in Phase III are the advancement of technologies in the water space, strengthening of the water regulatory system and development of regulatory tools, local government capacity building using water as a catalyst for economic growth and development, developing stronger inter-governmental relations, specialised skills and knowledge to manage water taking into account the whole value chain and, more importantly, indivisibility of the hydrological-cycle. The most crucial directive of FETWater Phase III, however, will be the National Water Resource Strategy 2.

FETWater Governance

In terms of governance, FETWater falls under the UNESCO International Hyrdological Programme (IHP). In South Africa, the DWS is the custodian and focal point of IHP. The IHP and related UNESCO activities in South Africa are carried out under the guidance of the South African National Committee (SANC) for UNESCO-IHP, which reports to the Director-General of the DWS. In this regard, the WRC has been appointed Secretariat for the UNESCO-IHP and Implementing Agent (IA) for FETWater.

FETWater National Workshop

The FETWater Programme hosts National workshops on an annual basis to provide an update of work conducted and lessons learned. It is also used as a platform to gain feedback from the water sector as a whole.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Provide a platform for sharing lessons learnt and challenges experienced during FETWater Phases I & II
  • Identify appropriate Phase III network expertise and partners
  • Discuss water sector training & education progress, challenges and the way forward
  • Provide a platform for Phase III network formation and business planning
  • Water infrastructure
  • Water monitoring and assessment
  • Water planning and implementation
  • Water regulation requirements
  • Water use, services and sanitation
  • Institutional management and governance

The new capacity building needs and requirements that will be considered in Phase III are the advancement of technologies in the water space, strengthening of the water regulatory system and development of regulatory tools, local government capacity building using water as a catalyst for economic growth and development, developing stronger inter-governmental relations, specialised skills and knowledge to manage water taking into account the whole value chain and, more importantly, indivisibility of the hydrological-cycle. The most crucial directive of FETWater Phase III, however, will be the National Water Resource Strategy 2.

FETWATER NATIONAL WORKSHOP 1 RESOURCES

Capacity Building Challenges in the Water Sector

FETWater Capacity Building and Training

FETWater Phase III Thematic Areas

Institutional Management and Governance

Water monitoring and assessment

Water Planning and Implementation

Water Regulation Requirements

FETWATER NATIONAL WORKSHOP 2 RESOURCES

EWSETA Presentation

Institutional Management and Governance

LGSETA Presentation

QCTO Presentation

Qualification Development and Facilitation

RDI Roadmap

Regulatory Requirements

Water Infrastructure

Water Monitoring and Assessment

Water Resource Planning and Implementation

Water Use, Services and Sanitation

WRC presentation RDI

FETWATER NATIONAL WORKSHOP 3 RESOURCES

DHET Presentation

EWSETA Feedback

FETWater III Progress Report

FETWater Qualification Development Update

Institutional Management and Governance

QCTO Presentation

Water Infrastructure

Water Infrastructure 2

Water Monitoring and Assessment

Water Resource Planning and Implementation

Water Use, Services and Sanitation

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