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Presentations:Greater Pilansberg Water Forum Meeting

Written by  Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:56
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The Federation for Sustainable Environment presented at the Greater Pilansberg Water Forum Meeting, among other presenters.  These presentation are presented here to download.

The FSE opened with:

South Africa is at the transition point of “peak water.”
This is the moment in historic time when the economy transitions from a demand driven condition to a supply constrained condition
Peak water implies a supply constrained economy with a limited capacity to create new jobs – resultant social instability
2025 all four international river basins transition into Absolute Water Scarcity  - economic stagnation and potential social decay (without taking into account global climate change)
This suggests:
Transboundary River Basins will become the focal point of future hydropolitical risks and economic viability with particular reference to the Limpopo – likely to be the epicentre of sub-national economic stagnation and social decay:

  • Limpopo (2000) – more than double the accepted norm for social cohesion and economic viability (>2000 persons per flow unit per year)
  • Limpopo (2025) – more than 2.5 times the global norm for social cohesion
  • Western Limb of the Bushveld Igneous complex – intense mining activities

Download available:

Fred Van Zyl - Water Affairs

Federation for a Sustainable Environment

Sun International

Magalies Water