The Need And Context For A Real Time Dss To Serve The Stakeholders Of The Crocodile, Bj, 06 10 2009
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  • The Need & Context for a Real Time Operations DSS to serve the stakeholders of the Crocodile: Purpose and Role Brian Jackson
    • Constitution
      • right to have access to sufficient water
      • right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being
      • The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures to Progressively Realise
    • National Water Act Guiding Principles
      • protect our water resources from being exploited;
      • ensure that there is enough water for social and economic development;
      • and ensure there is enough water for the future
  • National Water Resources Strategy
    • Achieve reform in equity, efficiency and sustainability through proper management of national water resources
      • Policies and Programmes : Water Allocation Reform, Compulsory Licensing, Strategic Allocations etc.
    • By protection, use, development, conservation and regulation of national water resources
      • Policies: The Reserve, Water for Growth and Development, WC/DM, Institutional reform e.g. Water User Associations; Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, etc.
    • And by participatory management at the river catchment level (through the ICMA)
      • Delivery to and with stakeholders (Implementation) in the context of above policies
  • Initial Functions of ICMA
    • Investigate, and advise all interested parties.
    • Co-ordinate activities of water users.
    • Co-ordinate implementation of Water Services Development Plans.
    • Catchment Management Strategy development and implementation .
    • Ensure Community participation.
  • Strategic Adaptive Management
    • An overarching process in Legislation, Strategies etc.
    • Designed to deliver on SA Water Act requirements
    • ICMA is implementing SAM:
      • 1. Planning 2. Objective setting 3. Decision Making 4. Implementation 5. Monitoring 6. Review & feedback
    This project
  • VALUES/ PRINCIPLES Vital system attributes Determinants, threats, constraints Evaluate attributes Objectives Projects Improved Equity, Efficiency, Sustainability VISION CONTEXT The decision making environment Understanding the “STEEP” system to be managed STEEP = Social, Technical Economic, Environmental, Political How we get to where we want to go! Objectives: Enhance vital attributes and determinants Overcome constraints and threats Projects Integrated and participative WRM activities aimed at critical needs and incremental achievement of National Water Reform
    • Why SAM
      • Adaptive Planning Process focused on what can be done within our initial functions to:
        • best support DWAF’s objectives as well as allowing the ICMA to gain credibility and
        • meet some of the expectations of the Stakeholders.
      • Resulted in identified Priority Projects for Implementation using these principles:
        • Involve and deliver to stakeholders
        • Capitalise on existing expertise/champions/resource
        • step beyond current restraints and “do it!”
        • Quick impact long shelf life
        • Delivers to as many National objectives as possible
  • Priority Projects ID
    • Integrated and participative WRM activities aimed at critical needs and incremental achievement of National Water Reform (Achievable under resource constraints)
    • Project 1:
      • Integrated Crocodile River Management
    • Project 2:
      • Creating an adaptive information and decision network to ensure delivery of the Ecological Reserve to the Kruger National Park.
    • Project 3:
      • Cooperative Programme for Municipal WWTW Compliance and Empowerment
    • Projects will be integrated for prototyping on Crocodile River and learning/skills to be transferred to other rivers as resources permit
  • Why Crocodile River
    • The Crocodile is the most stressed river with a wide range of pressing problems
    • Potential for successful operations given the levels of ability within the Stakeholders currently operating the river, given consensus.
    • The Komati already has an operations Forum.
    • The Sabie is not as stressed. Future Plan
  • Why Operations
    • DWA DSS requires Implementation
      • Implementation implies procedures & processes for decision making
      • ICMA believes the CROC and its link to CRF is the key to successful implementation of not only the DSS but all National and international Water related Policies and Programmes.
        • Reserve, International obligations, WAR…
      • Traditionally gap between planning and operations.
      • This DWA Project Links Planning and operating tools
      • ICMA supports this concept and want it to work.
      • Operations is the real nitty gritty of implementation
  • ICMA Preparations
    • ICMA will operate the DSS & CROC on an agency basis to assist DWA
    • ICMA has accepted this responsibility and initiated implementation by:
      • Prioritisation of Project in Adaptive Planning Process
      • Purchasing the software and hardware to run the DSS.
      • Internet Space to host the web site and email
      • Acquiring the part time services of a hydrologist to assist in running the models.
      • Undergoing training on the software
      • Commenced Marketing and Participation Strategies
  • Feedback
    • Busy with Calibrations and adjustments to DSS
    • Presenting models and possible outputs to CROC for comments and feedback
    • Revised model outputs will then be presented at the next CROC
    • Models set up with best available data. Gaps exist and the CROC must advise on priorities for data improvements in future
    • Feedback can be verbal or written and should be with the ICMA by the end of October to:
    • [email_address] or [email_address] .
    • This is an opportunity to successfully implement a sophisticated decision support systems and to put the Crocodile River Catchment in the forefront of Integrated Water Resources Management in RSA .
    • Lets come together to make it work