THE INTERNATIONAL WATER STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME
Water Stewardship is a collaborative effort by the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and WWF SA to address water risks in South Africa.
Through a series of workshops with farmers, as well as the business community across the Western and Eastern Cape, a progression of increased improvement of water use, and a reduction of water related impacts were reviewed. Significant resources are allocated by the entire value chain to reduce identified water risks, which remain high, with increasing challenges, such as climate change, urban development and socio-economic pressure.
Central to Water Stewardship is where the water comes from, how it is used, and where it goes to. Loss of vast amounts of critically scarce water resources are lost to the value chain through evaporation, with seemingly little options available to protect the resource in storage.
Responding to the challenge, a local solution has been developed, for landowners to consider, as a viable and sustainable option to significantly reduce the effect of evaporation.