WISA Catchment Management Online Training Course

Wednesday 12 May, 2021
8:30am – 4:30pm



About the event

To register for this course contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za. The course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

The Big Picture

Understand how the water sector can proactively respond and work together with stakeholders in order to prevent further pollution and remediate past impacts.

Course Delivery and Context

This course has been designed for live on-line e-classroom delivery via Zoom, for interactive learning, in order to increase the learner’s awareness in specialist subject matter areas. It is part of the wider training Programme for Water Professionals facilitated by Isle.


Catchment Management provides an in-depth look into sustainable resource management approaches from a catchment perspective, in contrast to a piecemeal approach that artificially separates land management from water management. The course explores the major issues and changes required by all stakeholders, highlighting current research and available tools to aid better decision making. It will cover pollution pathways and explore prevention and management of pollution through no-build solutions vs traditional end of pipe solutions.

As water providers, we must both acknowledge and understand that there are competing demands for freshwater. The first step in protecting ecosystem is to protect surface and groundwaters to ensuring high water quality and quantity. To achieve this balance, stakeholders from within water communities as well as policy makers, farmers, regulators, NGO’s, wildlife and nature organisations require a greater collaborative understanding and transparent decision making to deliver solutions.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for those working in the water, wastewater, environmental and sustainability sectors in any industry, and in particular the water industry or industries that are heavily reliant on water (construction, power, farming, manufacturing etc). The course provides an introduction to Catchment Management for those with industry knowledge however it does not require previous specialist Catchment Management expertise.

Course Outcomes

The following outcomes will be conveyed through interactivities, case studies, discussions and teaching.

• Understand the challenges surrounding catchment management.

• Understand pollutants and their sources, pathways and impacts.

• Provide an awareness of stakeholders, governance, science, and tools.

• Increased confidence, knowledge and ability to challenge solutions or methods that will negatively impact the environment,

• Experience problem solving to reach a solution,

• Ability to work with and negotiate with stakeholders,

• Discussion of relevant case studies,

• Exploration of innovate solutions and future scenarios.

Continuing Professional Development

The course will conclude with an online proof of learning exercise, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used towards your CPD evidence of learning.

Delegate Course Requirements and Expectations

Training Platform: Zoom. Please ensure that you are able to access Zoom ahead of time. We will be happy to help you test this prior to the course.

Equipment: Laptop, with audio and visual capabilities (webcam enabled), smart phone and pen and paper

Assumed knowledge: A basic understanding of the water sector is assumed, and satisfactory equivalent of English and Maths capability is required to proceed.

Differently abled learners: At present we are sadly unable to offer courses that are suited for those who are vision impaired or suffer from hearing loss. We are working towards improving our service.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The course syllabus will include a mandatory pre-reading list and optional post-reading. It will conclude with an online live test, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to claim ONE (1) CPD-points from WISA, SACNASP and ECSA will be awarded to successful learners.

Course fees and registration

Course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

Discounts of 10% are available for WISA members and bona fide full time students, multiple course participation and group registrations (3 or more learners from the same organisation).

To register for this course contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za. The course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

This course is open to all water professionals living and working in any of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

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