University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN)

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has identified the broad field of water as a key strength and is  consolidating water related teaching and research across colleges, faculties and schools at the University in an effort to provide a comprehensive range of services in support of Africa’s development needs. The UKZN is a core member of a recently established NEPAD Network of Centres of Excellence in water in support of NEPAD’s Water Flagship Programme “Securing and Sustaining Water“. The network has been founded with the full support of AMCOW. Through this network and related activities, UKZN is establishing a comprehensive transdisciplinary capacity building and scholarship programme aligned with its key strengths.

The School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology (BEEH) at UKZN is hosted by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science and has extensive research experience in 1) Measuring and Modelling the Water Resources Impacts of Global Environmental Change (including large and small scale agricultural development, 2) Development and Application of Hydrological Modelling Systems, including the use of GIS and remote sensing, 3) Water Resources Management, including irrigation and agricultural needs. These studies take place at a range of scales through focused research in experimental research catchments, e.g. Potshini, Weatherley and Wartburg and “real” operational test catchments, particularly the Mooi-Umgeni, Thukela, and Berg River systems in South Africa, the Kilombera River Basin in Tanzania and the transboundary basins of the Inkomati and Orange Rivers.

Main task in WHaTeR project: The School of BEEH will lead an integrated country-based study (Work Package 11) having as major tasks to improve, test and apply a model for identification of WHTs and conduct an in-depth assessment of WHT impacts and potential trade offs based on upstream-downstream interactions at various pilot catchment sites. The model will serve as a tool for policy makers and regional development planners in Sub Saharan Africa.


  • Graham Jewitt, Leader WP11: Catchment study South Africa
  • Lauren Bulcock, PhD researcher WP11
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