PLANNING PROJECTS

  1. CONSULTANCY FOR PROVISION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Location: Rwanda

Client: Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA)

Funding Agency: World Bank

Lead Consultant: Aurecon AMEI

Develop National Wetland Management Plan, National Pollution Management Plan, compile catchment management plans for the Nyabarongo Valley Catchment and the Akagera Mugesera Catchment, conduct baseline assessments of Lake Victoria Environment Management Project (LVEMP) II interventions, training and capacity building of REMA and other Government staff.

  

  1. INTEGRATING CLIMATE CHANGE IN WATER RESOURCES MONITORING IN ZAMBIA: DEVELOPMENT OF THE KAFUE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT PLAN

Location: Zambia

Client: Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA)

Funding Agency: GIZ

Lead Consultant: GFA Consulting

Finalise roadmap, including a programme and resource (technical and financial) requirements schedule for CMP development.

Compile background information documents and other technical documentation required for CMP stakeholder meetings. Stakeholder engagement including visioning.

Compile first and second drafts of the Upper and Lower Kafue Sub Catchment Plans/Strategy.

Compile first draft of the Kafue CMP, including an allocation plan.

Compile second draft of the Kafue CMP, incorporating comments received.

Provide support and training to WRMA officials in Catchment Management Planning

 

  1. PREPARATION OF NATIONAL INTEGRATED CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AND RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES

Location: Malawi

Client: Shire River Basin Management Program 1

Funding Agency: World Bank Funded

Lead Consultant: Aurecon AMEI

Integrated catchment management facilitates the management of all natural resources at a smaller scale that enables not only government but also land owners and stakeholders to become involved in the day to day management of the catchment, thereby ensuring sustainable and reasonable utiliZation of the resources. The guidelines are targeted at both a broad strategic planning scale as well as down to village level with technical guidelines for site specific activities.

The project involved extensive field visits across the country to understand the cause and effect of different challenges on natural resources. The guidelines where tailored to address the rehabilitation and sustainable management of the natural resources in order to improve sustainability of the resources, improve livelihoods and contribute to improved state of water resources. The guidelines were compiled into two volumes, Volume 1: Theory and Procedural Catchment Management Guidelines (National level) and Volume II: Village Level Catchment Management Guidelines. The latter guideline included village planning and a technical toolbox of “How to” guidelines. The village guidelines were translated into local language to make them more accessible to the target audience. Several videos were compiled of the key technical guidelines. A mobile application was also developed to make the guidelines more widely accessible. A project website was also compiled including the guidelines, videos and reference materials.

  

  1. GREEN VILLAGE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT: GUIDELINES AND TRAINING

Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa                       Client: Water Research Commission

The project comprises compiling a set of catchment management guidelines, review of the school curriculum and develop teacher training materials to support education of sustainable natural resources in the school curriculum. Provide training for implementation in a case study catchment in rural Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

 

  1. WESTERN CAPE SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND ACTION PLAN

Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Client: Western Cape Provincial Government, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

Lead Consultant: Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd

The need for joint National and Provincial action towards managing the water resources in the Western Cape Province was identified during the Water INDABA in November 2009.  he initiative is a cooperative government interaction between the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP), the National Department of Water Affairs, the Provincial Department of Local Government, the Provincial Department of Agriculture, the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works and CapeNature.

The overall aim of the Sustainable Water Resources Management (SWRM) Action Plan is to guide water resources related activities towards meeting the growth and development needs of the region, as well as to protect water resources from environmental degradation.  The plan will identify short, medium and long term actions to guide implementation of projects/activities towards achieving integrated water resource management in the Western Cape, as follows:

  • Short (1-5) years);
  • Medium (6-15 years); and
  • Long term (15 years +).

The development of the SWRM Action Plan was undertaken in two Phases.  Phase I involved information gathering, culminating in the production of the Status Quo Report.  Emphasis has been placed on the institutional management issues since there are numerous reports on the technical problems and solutions.  Phase II involved development of the SWRM Action Plan itself.  Each phase incorporated public engagement sessions at various representative areas within the province.  The SWRM Action Plan links into the Provincial Water Sector Plan.

 

  1. DETERMINING PROCEDURES FOR ENFORCED REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES ON URBAN RIVER REACHES

Location: South Africa

Funding Agency: Water Research Commission

Initiative driven restoration projects, tend to comply with environmental authorizing requirements prior to initiation. However, smaller cases of illegal or non-compliant activities requiring restoration works tend to ‘slip through the cracks’, as the sections of legislation relating to compliance and enforcement mechanisms are not as prescriptive as the formal authorizing requirements. Further, the enforcing officials usually have backgrounds in law enforcement rather than aquatic sciences. Therefore, enforcement processes tend to be focused on ‘legal box ticking’ rather than the appropriate restoration of ecological degradation as a result of non-compliant activities. This administrative oversight is indicative of the immature/evolving state of the enforcement and compliance regimes in developing countries. In time, the enforcement and compliance units will be capacitated with appropriately qualified staff; until such time, an alternative remedy is the development of tools to support the current staff capabilities. In South Africa a set of three tools was developed to facilitate this support, these include:

  • Legislation Search Tool – to assist the officials in identifying both overlapping legislation and institutional mandates.
  • Rapid Site Assessment Tool – to promote a more comprehensive site inspection and thereby the identification of the actual ecological degradation as a result of the illegal activities. This is presented in “layman” science, to cater for the current skills of enforcement officials
  • Decision Support System – that will inform the enforcement officials of the impacts to ecological services occurring on the site and thereby guide the specialists as to what the rehabilitation objectives should aim to achieve.

 

  1. DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN RIVER-BASED PLANNING GUIDELINES

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lilongwe, Malawi

Client / Implementing Agency: ICLEI

Funding Agency: Stockholm Resilience Centre

Lead Consultant: Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Develop guidelines to specifically inform the process of responsibly and sustainably planning and implementing the integration of river-bank open spaces within city planning and implementation, with particular consideration for ecological infrastructure, rehabilitation, climate resilience and promoting biodiversity.

 

  1. MUNICIPAL SUPPORT INITIATIVE: COMPONENT OF RESILIM-O PHASE 1

Client: Mopani District Municipality

Implementing Agency: AWARD (Association for Water and Rural Development)

Funding Agency: USAID

To manage and coordinate the provision of expert technical assistance, training, and grants with the aim of reducing vulnerability through building improved trans-boundary governance and management of the Olifants Catchment, so as to enhance the resilience of its people and ecosystems through systemic and social learning approaches. (RESILIM-O Phase 1)

Specific project tasks include: Identification of geohazards, identify and map prone areas and water resource protection areas in light of climate change, Water flow and quality monitoring. Propose landuse management conditions for inclusion in the Spatial Development Framework (SDF) to support resource (Water) quality objectives within the municipal areas. Provide technical support to landuse practitioners.

  1. FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE SETTLEMENT PRINCIPLES FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Client: Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP)

Lead Consultant: Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

This project involved the development and establishment of a network of practitioners (including scientists, policy, engineers) defining and investigating the implementation of integrated sustainable settlement principles in the Mossel Bay and Swartland Municipal areas. The aim of this project was to determine the manner in which settlements can be developed more sustainably using alternative infrastructure and materials to create resilient, integrated human settlements. As member of a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for providing general sustainability inputs for all disciplines and also for supporting the water and sanitation team with the specific sections of the reports.