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Planning for a water insecure future

Posted on 20 March 2017
Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa
© Christine Colvin
South Africa is still recovering from the effects of the 2016 drought. Most of us now have a heightened awareness of the impacts of droughts, floods and toxic algal blooms in our dams, which are predicted to get worse with climate change. Was this drought the wake-up call we needed to get us ready for a new normal?

WWF South Africa recently teamed up with international leaders in scenario planning, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), to explore possible water futures. Scenario planning is a powerful tool to help individuals, companies and governments stretch their thinking as well as assisting leaders in our society to tackle uncertainty in what lies ahead.

WWF-SA and BCG held a workshop with industry, government representatives and water sector leaders, to explore two key uncertainties in South Africa’s water future: (1) the availability of water and (2) state of governance of the sector.

This resulted in a report titled “Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa” looking ahead to the potential realities of 2030. Through this report, organisations can use the scenarios to consider what part they can play to help South Africa overcome the current crisis, as well as prepare for and even shape the future of water secuirty in South Africa.

Christine Colvin, senior manager freshwater, commented: “We encourage you to immerse yourself in each potential reality before considering how you might prepare, and most critically, what you could do differently today. The discussions on our future also revealed 'no-regret' options that would help all organisations prepare for an uncertain water future. Implementing these options now, will help prepare for all eventualities.”
Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa
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