ngcushwa scene 1-webThe Eastern Cape Water Caucus, with support and facilitation by EMG, has been carrying out action research on water and climate change with small-scale farmers of the Ngqushwa Municipality, Eastern Cape.

Multi-stakeholder engagement is at the heart of the process, with involvement from the Pedi Local Municipality, Amathole District Municipality and the Department of Water Affairs regional office; as well local NGOs and researchers from Rhodes University.

Key issues that emerged from the research, and which the Ngqushwa farmers have taken responsibility for include:

  • Cleaning and rehabilitation of existing small rural dams
  • Rehabilitation of rural infrastructure such as windmills and water pumps to supplement water supply for agriculture and drinking-water for animals
  • Extension of clean piped water into newly developed areas
  • Upscaling rainwater harvesting.

The authorities, NGOs and community groups continue to meet to follow-up and monitor actions arising from the research.

Water & Climate Change - Resources

Water and climate change - an exploration for the concerned and curious (2011) ed. Jessica Wilson, EMG, Cape Town - Hardcopy for R60, or download it in sections -- Main Text (2.1MB), Photo Essay (2.4MB), Guest Essays (380KB)  

Water demand management's shadow side: Tackling inequality and scarcity of water provision in Cape Town (2012) Taryn Pereira and Jessica Wilson, EMG Water & Climate Change Research Series Report 7 (315KB PDF)

The Energy-Water Nexus: Energy demand on water resources (2012) Brenda Martin & Robert Fischer, EMG Water & Climate Change Research Series Report 5 (973KB PDF)

You can't have your gas and drink your water (2012) Liane Greeff, EMG Water & Climate Change Research Series Report 6 (1.3MB PDF)

Drought in Eden: An exploration of municipality responses, community impacts and lesson for water and climate change from the 2009/10 drought in the southern Cape (2010) Taryn Pereira (1.8MB)

Climate Change and Water Services in SA (2009) Jessica Wilson & Taryn Pereira, EMG (500KB)

Climate change mitigation in the water sector: or how to reduce the carbon footprint of water (2009) Taryn Pereira, EMG (1.7MB)

Household Impacts of Water management Devices (2009) Taryn Pereira, EMG (128KB)

Water Handbook for South African activist and decision makers in urban areas (2008), Jessica Wilson EMG (2nd edition)

Straight Talk: To strengthen delivery in the water services sector (2009) Water Dialogues SA Syntheses Report, Ed. Mary Galvin,Water Dialogues SA

The story of an international multistakeholder process (2009) Chapman & Mancini  The Water Dialogues, London

A guide to multistakeholder work (2009) Hilary Colby, The Water Dialogues, London

Thirstyville is not for sale (2003) Illustrated by Carlos Amato, EMG