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Water SA

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ANDERSON, AJ; MAHLANGU, MS; CULLIS, J  and  SWARTZ, S. Integrated monitoring of water allocation reform in South Africa. Water SA (Online) [online]. 2008, vol.34, n.6, pp. 731-737. ISSN 1816-7950.

South Africa faces significant inequities in the allocation of water for productive purposes. Water allocation is one component of a wider government mandate to address the inequities of the past. Water allocation reform is being implemented by the South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF), through the Water Allocation Reform (WAR) Programme. This paper presents an approach for determining indicators that can be used to monitor targets for WAR and for prioritising areas for specific WAR interventions. The approach integrates water use data with environmental, economic and equity data to provide a holistic picture of the progress and benefits of WAR. Limitations of the approach are discussed, specifically related to the data on which the indicators are based. The development of data for the equity indicator presents specific challenges which are discussed through examples from its application in four case study areas.

Keywords : monitoring; water allocation reform; equity; indicators; South Africa.

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