A few years ago, KlipSA (Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association) initiated a project to prepare an integrated management plan for the Klip River wetland area between the N1 and the R59 in the southern areas of Johannesburg into Midvaal.
Through a number of stakeholder workshops, it was established that the project should address the water quality and quantity in the Klip River and identify economic and social goods and services with a view to protecting, promoting and enhancing the value of the natural assets found in the wetland. This would however require a broader process which would address the many issues relating to the catchment which impacted on this area of wetlands which has been identified as a priority area by SANBI.
The CSIR has approached KlipSA and introduced the concept of water stewardship involving a multi-stakeholder process and collaborative engagement to improve water security for all stakeholders including residents, businesses and others within the Klip River catchment area. The multi-stakeholder process will include representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society and even international participants in the partnership.
To initiate this multi-stakeholder process an initial scoping workshop is to be held on Friday, 23 March 2018 at the Lido Hotel between 10:00 and 13:00.