Training Programmes on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning, South Africa

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September 4 to 6, 2019 at Potchefstroom

September 9 to 11, 2018 at Modimolle

*Applicable for South African Participants

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India in partnership with Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa and University of Cape Town (UCT) is organizing two training programmes on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning” (WSUDP) for African practitioner’s in Potchefstroom and Modimolle, respectively.

Being an accredited course for continuous professional development through the Engineering Council of South Africa, we are overwhelmed with the demand to conduct back-to-back two training programmesthis year.

These three day training programmes are based on state of the art teaching – learning tools consisting of interactive sessions, experiential learning using detailed case studies, working in groups on planning and designing and class room lectures/instructions.

About the TrainingRapid and unregulated growth of towns and cities is a key reason for unsustainable water management in urban areas. Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the largest numbers of water-stressed countries in the world with South Africa regarded as amongst the top 30 most water stressed countries in the world. To meet the scale of challenges in area of urban water and sanitation management, a cadre of professionals who work in implementing sustainable water management solutions in urban areas of Africa need to enhance their knowledge with upcoming water sensitive planning, designing approaches. This training programme will deliver a range of informative and engaging sessions, covering topics from concept of WSUDP to discussion on good practices.

Program Design:The WSUDP approach integrates the urban water cycle, water supply, wastewater, storm-water and groundwater management. This approach contributes to sustainability and livability, particularly when considered part of an overall urban strategy. This training will focus on the components of WSUDP –Rainwater Harvesting (RWH), Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) and Wastewater recycle and reuse.

Day 1: Introduction, concepts of WSUDP and Storm water managementThis module will focus on latest guidance and policies under WSUDP sector. The sessions will give the overview of the aim, benefits and the components of WSUDP for any new developments and redevelopments. This will be followed by introduction to diverse interventions on storm water harvesting and new urban design processes aligned to storm water management and benefits at different scales.

Day 2: Module on Rainwater harvesting and local reuse of treated wastewaterThis module will focus on urban RWH and the potential it holds in augmentation of water availability by using public spaces to recharge their groundwater, store and use the rainwater and local reuse of treated wastewater using decentralized wastewater treatment (DWWT).

Day 3: Hands-on for implementationThis module will focus on imparting hands-on skills for implementation of WSUDP principles into practice. This will showcase examples of best management practices (BMPs) and provide platform for do-it-yourself exercises in groups for planning and designing with case examples.  

Please fill in the application form: Register here

 *Applicable only for South African candidates

For more information on the training programme you may contact the following training coordinators:

Shivali Jainer

+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 322)

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Water Research Commission

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