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WEBINAR: Aligning customary land and water tenure reform in South Africa: lessons from Africa

THURSDAY 11 November 2021 from 13:00 – 14:00 SAST/CAT

PLAAS invites you to a webinar titled ‘Aligning customary land and water tenure reform in South Africa: lessons from Africa’

Whereas customary land tenure in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa receives widescale policy, action and scholarly attention, the tenure rights to the waters flowing over or located under the customary inlands and coastal lands have remained hidden. Even worse, states’ contemporary western legal regimes (permit systems) continue the colonial over-riding of customary water tenure for domestic water uses, livestock, irrigation, other uses and small-scale fisheries. Therefore, within South Africa and elsewhere rights-based legal tools are explored to support water resource allocation to meet human rights and support living community-based water tenure in line with constitutions. This webinar seeks to add to this South African and global debate by matching empirical evidence of living customary water tenure, as embedded in water, land, mineral and fisheries rights, with existing and proposed value- and rights-based formal legal tools.

Aligning customary land and water tenure reform in South Africa: lessons from Africa.

Chair: Mafaniso Hara, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies 

Presenters Topic – Focus area
Jessica Troell, Senior Attorney and Director of the International Water Program, Environmental Law Institute Link between land and water tenure and legal recognition of customary water tenure – the global perspective with examples from Africa
Barbara van Koppen, Scientist Emerita International Water Management Institute Evidence of living customary water tenure in Africa
Patience Mukuyu, Researcher, International Water Management Institute How living customary water law is over-ridden and how it should be legally recognized in South Africa’s National Water Act. Evidence from the Inkomati Catchment
Chair and speakers Conclusions and way forward

Tune in on Thursday 11 November 2021 at:

  • 13:00 South African Standard Time (SAST)/Central African Time (CAT)
  • 12:00 West African Time (WAT)
  • 11:00 Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) (Ghana)
  • 14:00 East African Time (EAT) (Tanzania)

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