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Goals and objectives

The use of water for irrigation varies greatly in technology, practicality and efficiency.

Simple irrigation is often inefficient – a lot of water is lost from the irrigation system.

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The use of water for irrigation varies greatly in technology, practicality and efficiency.

A pivot irrigation system in South Africa.

Water - challenges of availability, access and management

Africa has the largest disparities in water availability and least coverage in potable water supply and sanitation. These women are collecting domestic water supplies from a source a kilometre from their homes in Tanzania, 2012. (c) J Pittock.

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Transboundary Water Governance

Throughout the world rivers are not contained by borders – either country or state. As a result, governance becomes transboundary or 'across borders'.

Goals and objectives

Long term goal

The long-term goal of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance is to help achieve the United Nations identified Millennium Development Goals.

Our approach is to promote environmental sustainability and equity by supporting socioeconomic and environmental resilience and sustainable development in Southern Africa.

This will be achieved by working collaboratively to improve water governance and the expertise of students, researchers and also current and future water professionals and policy makers.

Specific Objectives

  1. To increase the skills, capacity, networks and potential of leaders and prospective water managers and policy makers, through a co-ordinated suite of learning modules addressing key issues in water economics (water markets, water pricing, valuation), governance (especially transboundary issues, climate variability) and gender equity in integrated water resource management.
  2. To sustain and strengthen institutional capacity (especially in Southern Africa), by providing a platform for collaboration and institutional development via professional courses, student exchanges, professional internships and flexible learning with the Global Water Partnership and the Global Development Learning Network.
  3. To develop innovative research, tools, case-studies and insights on water economics, water governance and equity. These will extend global knowledge and support integrated water resource management. 

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