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Bernelle Verster commented on AquaSavvy: Water Sensitive Design for Everyone

Thank you, good question :) Originally we only thought that feedback on people and groups' journeys to be more water sensitive would be among themselves, and to us through comments on the website, social media and through email, but what we have found is that people want to talk to people. Through other work that we do with urban areas and protected areas and talking to community projects and forums (e.g. catchment forums, and protected area committees, and friends groups), we are now moving to strengthening existing groups and forums and how they relate to each other - basically improving local governance. This also has implications to engage with and improve issues wider than water, and is more of a co-design and co-governance approach. This makes sense to me because many of the water sensitive interventions, like preventing flooding while making that water available in the dry season (stormwater harvesting) can only be implemented by communities/neighbourhoods rather than individuals or top-down intervention. At this point we really only understand the South African context so our focus would be more on interested groups in this country, but we will have to document it well to capture the process.

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Bernelle Verster commented on AquaSavvy: Water Sensitive Design for Everyone

Many thanks for your comment RAJIV GUPTA . The platform intends to start with print and online media and workshops through current relationships and networks. With income through partnerships this can be extended into a coherent long-term strategy. I am reluctant to say how exactly the ideas are shared, as I think the traditional routes that I know best may not be the best, so I would wish to partner with an organisation that understands communication, as you suggest, and employ someone to focus on this appropriately. In my work at the Future Water Institute we are working on the technical aspects of this and have the underlying expertise available there.

The past three days - and hence my delayed reply - I have been meeting with international agents like BORDA-Africa to extend the impact meaningfully, and get it less 'tech-heavy' and more relatable to people's hearts. Financially, the platform would need a two-pronged partnership, I think. One for more affluent users - like the emerging and existing middle class in South Africa, supported by e.g. insurance companies who see the benefits through reduced claims because of natural disaster, property developers who see the benefits through increased property values, and then one for the developing sector, which we have agreed in the last three days can also really benefit from this, supported by international partnerships to build global resilience.

Does that make sense to you?

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Bernelle Verster commented on AquaSavvy: Water Sensitive Design for Everyone

Muchas gracias Jorge!