The University of the Western Cape’s Integrated Water Resources Management Masters Programme started in 2001.
Distinctly interdisciplinary, the IWRM programme is built on collaborative inputs from other institutions, civil society organizations, the private and public sectors in South and Southern Africa. This initiative fits in with the current thrusts at the University, contributing to building and strengthening capacity within communities and within the country in the water sector.
The IWRM programme recognized that the management and development of scarce water resources will need different skills to the historical water resources management approaches and that the current situation seeks improved professional competence, problem-solving abilities and insight from a range of traditional disciplines. South Africa made significant progress in the provision of water for human and economic development. However access, conservation, protection, equitable use and the management of this scarce resource continue to be one of the most fundamental problems facing development in South and Southern Africa.
This largely semi-arid region has an uneven distribution of water resources, erratic rainfall, frequent droughts and floods. Coupled with human population growth trends, the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and land use changes, the region still face bleak development prospects. A reverse current practice to the current prospects is critical.