Centre in Water Research and Development (CIWaRD)
Globally, water resources are under threat. Increased urbanisation, increased industrialisation, increasing populations, climate change and pollution all have deleterious effects on water as a resource. Concomitant with the threat are a number of confounding factors: globally there is a scarcity of skilled people, especially in the water space. Climate change is having a large impact not only on the location of rainfall, but also in the intensity of rainfall. And across much of the world, the last few years have seen some of the worst droughts in recent history, especially in Southern Africa, a problem which is exacerbated by aging urban infrastructure.
This presents a myriad of complex, wicked, interconnected problems, which cannot be solved through the effort of one discipline alone. It requires a truly enmeshed research community to effectively understand and solve our new water challenges. These challenges occur against a backdrop of peak population, increasing inequality, dwindling natural resources and climate change.
CiWaRD has been established to support research and development in water by embracing complexity and collaboration as the mechanism of creating novel findings and insights into the space. To achieve this, CiWaRD embraces the values enshrined within our University.
Our core values are: We believe in a plurality of beliefs and value systems. We believe in respectful dialogue to solve conflict. We believe in the value of difference as a tool to collaborate. We believe in enmeshed collaboration as a means to solve water problems.
Mission: To conduct world-leading water research. Vision: Water crises are man-made. CiWaRD actively solves these problems by creating leaders and visionaries for better futures that will secure water for people and the environment.
CiWaRD exists to be the premier South African water focussed research entity, based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Its principal purpose is to support water-based research and development.
CiWaRD recognises four thrusts upon which it conducts its research: Water - Systems and the Environment (W:SATE). Water Recovery - Recycle, Re-use and Remediate (WR:R3 ) Society for Water - Citizenship and Stewardship (SW:CS). Water - Education (W:Ed).
It is part of the strategy of CIWaRD to engage with industry and society to develop meaningful postgraduate certificates and qualifications. Initial discussions on this have commenced to identify appropriate content.