International Training Programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning

Date: July 14-22, 2020

South African Participants: Register here

Participants from other African nations: Register here

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India in partnership with Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa and University of Cape Town (UCT) is organizing an international virtual training programme on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning” (WSUDP) for African practitioners.

CSE is public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, India. The Centre researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. CSE also assists Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India as a Centre of Excellence in the area of sustainable urban water management.

The programme aims to share solutions with other countries in the developing world from South America, Africa and Asia that are enjoined in a common struggle to find ways of meeting the needs of urban and rural populations in the current water and wastewater paradigm which are affordable and sustainable.

WRC, South Africa aims to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully. It actively contributes to South Africa’s water knowledge base by funding fundamental water research, growing scientific capacity and disseminating knowledge to important stakeholders through various formats. The Future Water Institute at UCT is a transdisciplinary research centre which seeks to explore integrated sustainable approaches to addressing problems of water management in urban areas.

Today cities in South Africa and across the global south face the enormous task of dealing with future growth with access to essential health care and better water management, that has exacerbated the challenge of responding effectively to epidemics and diseases. While the impacts of COVID 19 are still being understood, it does seem clear that this disruption will make cities (re) think how we can integrate Water Sensitive Urban Design in our development scenario.

Being an accredited course for continuous professional development through the Engineering Council of South Africa, we are overwhelmed with the demand to conduct training programme on WSUDP this year. With the Covid-19 related restrictions in place, we are pleased to announce a virtual training programme to cater to this demand.

The virtual training programme is based on state-of-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.

Visit the previous training programmes (click on the hyperlinks) conducted at Pretoria and Cape Town (in 2017); Port Elizabeth and Durban (in 2018); Potchefstroom and Modimolle (in 2019)  

About the Virtual Training
Rapid 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 virtual 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, stormwater and groundwater management. This approach contributes to sustainability and liveability, particularly when considered part of an overall urban strategy. This training will focus on the components of WSUDP –Rainwater Harvesting (RWH), Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Wastewater recycling and reuse (e. g. through Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems, DWWTS).

The virtual training is divided into two parts, the details of which are mentioned below:

Part 1: Context-setting for WSUDP (Online Platform): 14-20 July, 2020
Part-1 of the training will provide the context for WSUDP in South Africa through pre-training engagement with prescribed material. It will provide a brief overview of challenges and opportunities in urban water management, WSUDP concepts, and the framework for implementation in South Africa. In addition to this, the material will provide latest guidance and policies in the WSUDP sector, focussing on the aims, benefits and components of WSUDP for any new developments and redevelopments.

This module will be conducted via an e-learning platform, where participants will be enrolled and provided with 8-10 hours (approx.) reading / audio-visual training material which they are expected to self-study. The platform will also allow participants and trainers to hold discussion threads where necessary.

Part 2: WSUDP Planning and Designing (Virtual Sessions): 21-22 July, 2020

The two-day programme will be held virtually via online video-conferencing platform.

Day 1: Scale, data requirements and case studies
The virtual sessions will briefly reflect on Part-1 of the training. The sessions will include introduction to scales of decentralisation, data requirements for planning and designing WSUDP features, and successful case studies. The case studies will exhibit diverse interventions on rain/stormwater harvesting, and wastewater treatment and reuse, specifically w.r.t. new urban design processes aligned for water sensitive design at different scales.

The day is divided into a 4-hour lecture session (including short breaks and stretching exercises) and 2-hour session incorporating group exercises.

Day 2: Planning and Designing WSUDP features
The virtual sessions will focus on planning and designing techniques for RWH, SuDS and DWWTS. The session will also provide key design thumb-rules, O&M and stakeholder engagement strategies, and economics of WSD features.

A hands-on group exercise for planning and designing will be conducted virtually, followed by a presentation. The day is divided into a 3-hour lecture session (including short breaks and stretching exercises); a 1.5-hour group exercise; a 1-hour presentation session; and 0.5-hour for closing remarks and feedback.

*Applicable for participants from South Africa and other African nations. Please fill in the application form:

South African Participants: Register here

Participants from other African nations: Register here


For more information on the training programme you may contact the following training co-ordinators: 

For South Africa

Jay Bhagwan
Executive Manager: Water Use and Waste Management
Water Research Commission
Tel: +2712 7619000
Mobile:  +2783 2907232

Dr Kirsty Carden
Interim director: Future Water research institute
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27(0)21 650 5317 | +21 (0) 83 292 2647


Other African nations

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute - AAETI)

Shivali Jainer
Programme Manager, Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)



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WRC, UCT & i@Consulting Trainers
Jayant Bhagwan
Executive Manager
Water Use and Waste Management, WRC
Prof. Neil Armitage
Deputy Director, Future Water Institute / Department of Civil Engineering (UCT)
Dr Kirsty Carden
Interim Director, Future Water Institute (UCT)
Dr Hildegard Rohr
Senior Manager
CSE Trainers
Dr Suresh Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Shivali Jainer
Programme Manager, CSE
Dr. Mahreen Matto
Programme Manager, CSE
Dhruv Pasricha
Sr Research Associate, CSE
Target Group
Municipal functionaries nominated by Urban Local Bodies of South Africa; Architects, planners, engineers and other water and sanitation professionals working with consultancies, design firms, non-profits, government departments & agencies, research institutions and academic centres from other African nations.
Training Fee
For participants from African nations (other than South Africa): $100'
Feedback: International Training Programme on WSUDP, Port Elizabeth
“Thank you for a very interesting Training Programme”

Trishal Govender, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa
“This Training Programme is really interesting and it will be useful in my daily work. I would like to request for a field visit for visualization of some techniques shown in the presentations.”,

Alexis Musabyimana, Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority, Rwanda
Feedback: International Training Programme on WSUDP, Durban
“This is one of the best training sessions I have ever attended. I will recommend it to my colleagues. I would directly implement them on my personal space and can advise clients about them.”,

Vuyokazi Jezile, Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa
“Excellent programme which was very well presented. I will recommend it to the Water Engineering Department at Bosch Projects.”,

Parellin Naidoo, Bosch Projects, South Africa
Feedback: International Training Programme on WSUDP, Potchefstroom
‘Everything was perfect overall knowledge that was shared that opened my eyes and ways of thinking green and that it can be achieved in large and small areas’,

Xolani Madonsela, Dept. of Water and Sanitation, South Africa
‘I have enjoyed the training and I feel that everything went well, I enjoyed the group activities and presentations’,

Fhulufhedzani Nembambula, SMEC South Africa Pvt. Ltd.
Feedback: International Training Programme on WSUDP, Modimolle
“Everything was quite informative and practical. Unlike other trainings, In this training we got an opportunity to do practicals, involved in designing our own options, given different scenarios which helped us a lot. By doing all this activity, we are able to understand much better and it will be easier to apply. Thank you very much and we have learned a lot”,

Neggie Bakwunye, GDARD
“The training is very useful for us. It’s an eye-opener for what the future holds; what means could be explored other than normal conventional processes in place. The training was excellent. Thank you”,

Loyin Rajkumar, Ethekwini Municipality
“Really appreciated the section on SUDS and DWWTS. Thank you very much for your effort”,

Rudolf Opperman, National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications, South Africa