n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The Liesbeek River Life Plan - an example of a 'Community of Practice' for Water Sensitive Urban Design in South Africa : water engineering

Volume 23, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



South Africa is a rapidly urbanising country with complex water management challenges, including significant resource shortages, fragmented institutional structures, as well as associated negative impacts on the quality of surface and groundwater resources. Alternative approaches to conventional water management, which aim to facilitate a change from 'water-wasteful' to 'water-sensitive' environments, are required if serious economic and socio-political threats are to be averted. Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is such an approach. It reflects a paradigm shift in the way urban environments are planned and designed so that issues of water sustainability and environmental protection are paramount, together with the provision of multiple benefits and opportunities to overcome specific challenges of water management.

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