CWRR at Irrigation Conference in Bali

1-7 September, three UKZN/CWRR representatives attended the prestigious triennial World Irrigation Forum (WIF) and the 70th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) International Executive Council Meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The congress provides a unique platform for practitioners of agricultural water management (AWM) to exchange technical knowledge and information, with the main outcomes to strengthen

International UNESCO Training Course Examines Satellite Remote Sensing for Water Resources Management

An eight-day international training course on the application of satellite remote sensing and earth observation to support water resources management was hosted in Pietermaritzburg by UKZN’s Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR), the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) and the University of West England (UWE). The course was developed by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) through its Enhancing Climate Services for Improved Water Management (CliMWaR) programme

Drought still a reality for Pietermaritzburg

While many have hoped the recent, frequent down pours would equate to an end of the dreaded drought situation, it appears that the rain has very inconveniently fallen outside the main catchment areas and done nothing to compensate the present water shortage.     November 17, 2016   Read full article

Action needed to allocate and use water resources more efficiently

by Sean Thornton-Dibb | Jan 12, 2017   A 2016 publication “High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy” from The World Bank highlights the need for more efficient allocation of water resources to guard against the adverse effects of water scarcity that could hinder economic growth, spark conflict, and motivate migration. Read the

Dams stay low as drought persists

by Kamcilla Pillay, The Mercury (10 Jan 2017) | Jan 12, 2017 Drought update in Umgeni catchment: Spring Grove needed to keep Midmar above 50%. HEAVY rains at the weekend have not provided much noticeable relief to the region’s largest water system, say authorities. The lower part of the Umgeni water system comprises six dams,

PhD Student Bound for Food Security Centre Summer School in the Philippines

Doctoral student in Agrometeorology in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Mr Joseph Masanganise, has been awarded a scholarship to attend a Summer School in the Philippines in September on the topic: Transformative Changes in Agriculture and Food Systems. The Summer School is organised jointly by the South-East Asian Regional Centre for Graduate