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, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 163–172 | Cite as

Lessons learnt in addressing environmental issues of new water resource projects – a case study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • S. W. Gillham
  • L. D. Archer
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Abstract

Developing new water resource projects without taking cognisance of the environmental impacts, both biophysical and social, has received global condemnation for many years now and is largely becoming a practice of the past. However, it is the prominence, extent of issues addressed, timing and intensity of the investigations and the commitment to environmental protection and mitigation that has increased significantly over the past few years. Practices in South Africa are no exception to this. Environmental legislation in South Africa requires that an Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) approach be adopted when any new project is being considered. This IEM approach was recently put to the test in South Africa during the planning and implementation of an inter-basin transfer scheme in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This paper will discuss the steps that were taken to address the environmental issues during a protracted planning phase, and what was accomplished. It will compare how these recommendations were taken forward into the construction phase and the operations phase, and the lessons learnt from the process.

environmental impact assessment environmental management plan integrated environmental management inter-basin transfers water resource development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. W. Gillham
    • 1
  • L. D. Archer
    • 1
  1. 1.Umgeni Water, P O BoxSouth Africa (

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