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The research project CuveWaters developed and implemented adapted technologies and accompanying measures to support the national process towards an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The aim is to give people in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin reliable access to clean water over the long term, thus enhancing their livelihood and health, and to create job opportunities. IWRM relies on solutions that use various sources, types and qualities of water for different purposes. CuveWaters implemented pilot plants for rain- and floodwater harvesting, groundwater desalination, as well as facilities for sanitation and water reuse. Technical components of the project were framed by societal and scientific components.

Integrated Water Resources Management in Water-scarce Regions provides a comprehensive view on the complexity and interconnectedness of findings and conclusions regarding the principle strategic approach within the CuveWaters project’s concept. The book aims to present the work of technical, social and natural scientists but also of media professionals: It gives thematically focussed details on the three technology-based solutions which go beyond mere technical considerations and embed this into the overarching process towards IWRM in Namibia.

Finally, it critically addresses lessons learnt and limits of projects in the context of research for implementation. This book is of great value to experts, professionals and also students and academics in the areas of water management, technology development and implementation and transdisciplinary science.

Table of Contents:

Introduction to IWRM;  Problems and Challenges of Namibia; Geographic Conditions including Geology and Population; The Region’s Infrastructure of Water Supply and Saniation; Policy & Governance; Sanitation & Water Reuse; Integrated System Approach; Transport & Treatment; Irrigation; Social Aspects of the New Sanitation Infrastructure; Economic Viability, Tariffs and Financing Options; Management, Commitment, Responsibilities, Professional Training; Evaluation of Sustainability; Conclusions; Rain and Floodwater Harvesting; Approach of RFWH; Technical Conditions of Rain- and Floodwater Harvesting; Social Adoption of Small Sale Irrigation Farming; Economic Viability, Regional Economy and Financing Options; Ecology and Hydrology Issues; Governance & Capacity Development; Evaluation of Sustainability; Conclusions; Small-Scale and Solar-Coupled Groundwater Desalination; Approach and Feasibility Study; Desalination Technologies, Comparison, Adaptation to Local Conditions; Social and Health Aspects of a Local Water Supply By Desalination Technologies; Economic Viability And Financing Options; Environmental Impact; Governance & Capacity Development; Sustainability Evaluation; Conclusions; Knowledge Dissemination at the Edge of Research and Practice; Transdisciplinary Research, Implementation and Development Cooperation

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