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

September 9 to 11, 2018 at Modimolle

*Applicable for participants from South Africa and other African nations

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.

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.
In this connection the Global Water Programme has partnerships with various organisations. Some of which are: Lancaster University, Loughborough University and University of Leeds, UK; Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA), Ministry of Infrastructure (MINIFRA), Rwanda and WaterAid Rwanda;

Water Resource Commission and University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa; Ministry of Sanitation Water Resources and CSIR-IIR, Ghana

WRC, South Africa is 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 Urban Water Management (UWM) research unit at UCT is an interdisciplinary unit which seeks to explore integrated sustainable approaches to addressing problems of water management in urban areas.

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 programmes this 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.

Click here to visit the previous training programmes conducted at Pretoria, 2017; Capetown, 2017, Port Elizabeth 2018 and Durban 2018.  

About the 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 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 management
This 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 wastewater
This 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 implementation
This 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 for participants from South Africa and other African nations

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

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

Dhruv Pasricha
Senior Research Associate, Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 322)


For technical queries contact the training Directors:

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

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


Jayant Bhagwan
Executive Manager
Water Research Commision (WRC),
South Africa
Kirsty Carden
Research Officer
Urban Water Management Research Unit University of Cape town (UCT), South Africa
Neil Armitage
Urban Water Management Research Unit
University of Cape town (UCT), South Africa


Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director
Water Management Unit CSE, New Delhi
Shivali Jainer
Programme Manager
Water Programme, CSE
Bhitush Luthra
Programme Manager
Water Programme, CSE
Dhruv Pasricha
Senior Research Associate
Water Programme, CSE

Feedback: International Training Programme on WSUDP, Port Elizabeth

“Thank you for a very interesting Training Programme”

Trishal Govender, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa
“An eye opener program that meets the everyday needs of everyone without much cost. I will look forward to tap ideas from future programs.”

Mawuli Dogli, CSIR – IIR, Ghana
“Assignment was good on the last day. I will try to collaborate with the stormwater department.”

Nicholas Barnard, Water Distribution department, South Africa
“It was a good training overall. Looking forward more of such training programmes ”

Zesongiwe Hole, 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
“I can influence the implementation of these techniques through my scope of work.”

Bonelwa Mabovu, Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa
“I think everything was relevant in this training , I enjoyed” 

Patrick Martel, UKZN, South Africa