Synergizing the Nexus: Leveraging Constructed Wetlands for Integrated Resource Management in South Africa

Ardakanian, Atiyeh, Saeed, Nagham ORCID:, Hloniphani, M. and Rabelani, M. (2024) Synergizing the Nexus: Leveraging Constructed Wetlands for Integrated Resource Management in South Africa. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 Apr 2024, Vienna, Austria.

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The interlinked nexus of water, energy, and food is pivotal for sustainable development, especially in South
Africa—a region grappling with resource scarcity and socio-economic inequalities. Constructed wetlands, as
a nature-based solution, can play a crucial role in advancing this nexus by providing a multifunctional
approach to managing water resources, enhancing biodiversity, and supporting agricultural productivity. In
South Africa, governance of these sectors is multifaceted, with significant state and private sector
involvement. For constructed wetlands to be successful, it is imperative to navigate these governance
structures effectively. The project aims to create a unified management framework for South Africa's water, energy, and food
sectors by harnessing the multifunctional benefits of constructed wetlands. As wetlands improve water
quality, they will simultaneously support agricultural productivity, contributing to food security. A crucial
aspect of the project involves comprehensive stakeholder mapping to ensure inclusive engagement across
all sectors, paving the way for collaborative governance. Subsequently, the project will leverage digital
twins to create virtual models of these wetlands, offering a real-time, interactive visualization of the nexus,
allowing for the precise assessment of interventions and facilitating informed decision-making. By
integrating nature-based solutions with cutting-edge technology, the project aspires to establish a blueprint
for resource management that can respond dynamically to South Africa's environmental and socio-economic challenges

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Depositing User: Nagham Saeed
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 07:07
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 07:07


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