25 Years

Where We Work

The International WaTERS network currently has three pilot project research sites. This place-based analysis will consider the pattern and structures of (in)access, histories of changing water conditions and governance practices, as well as contemporary governance processes that shape water quality and quantity challenges (including trade offs for different water uses between urban-rural contexts), across multiple scales (e.g., household, or regional). Learning across the sites allows us to draw broader insights and lessons so urgently needed to chart more equitable and resilient water futures.

International WaTERS also plans to conduct extensive training, outreach, and knowledge mobilization within these case study sites. Training will also be offered to Network students and partner institutions through a certificate as well as through regional training and knowledge mobilization efforts.

Our current sites include Lima (Peru), Bangalore (India) and Cape Town (South Africa). Please come back soon for a more detailed summary of each pilot site. 

Lima, Peru Cape Town, South Africa Bangalore, India

  Water related Challenges

  • Limited water supply due to environmental constraints.
  • High levels of social inequality.
  • Growing water requirements.
  • Limited water supply with predicted increased variability.
  • High levels of social inequality.
  • Controversial use of meters and related instruments for demand management
  • Growing city population and urban boundaries.
  • Growing water requirements and declining water tables.
  • Increasing water prices linked to affordable housing challenges and rural water diversions.

  Research activities

  • Research on institutional dimensions of planning for resilience in face of climate change, as well as equity focused research
  • Biophysical and social science work to elaborate urban-rural linkages re mining, pollution and supply, competing uses, etc..
  • Research on institutional dimensions of planning for resilience in face of climate change, as well as equity focused research in townships
  • Biophysical and social science work to elaborate urban-rural linkages e.g. migration, water supply, competing uses, etc...
  • Research on institutional dimensions of planning for resilience in face of climate change, and equity focused research on access and water related conflicts
  • Biophysical and social science work to elaborate urban-rural linkages re. agriculture, migration, quality challenges, etc...

  Training, Knowledge   Mobilization, and Outreach

  • Justicia Hidrica
  • 2-week training session on the theme: Water Justice in Latin America
  • Justicia Hidrica
  • Outreach workshop.
  • Justicia Hidrica ‘Virtual Tours’ of waterscapes for policy makers
  • Justicia Hidrica, training and outreach events at Water Justice meetings (Y2)
  • University of Western Cape, 1-week training session on the theme: Participatory Research Methods: focus on social dimensions of water
  • NEPAD and WATERNET Outreach workshop.
  • University of British Columbia, policy workshop using Participatory video on issues of equity in vulnerable areas of Cape Town.
  • SaciWaters and SOPPECOM and Forum 1- week training session on the theme: Peri-urban water issues in South Asia.
  • SaciWaters and SOPPECOM Outreach workshop on the theme:
  • Climate Change resilience in peri-urban areas
  • Collaborative visioning exercise on fostering hydrologic resilience with NGOs and policy makers throughout South Asia.