Pathways to water resilient South African cities (PaWS)

Possible case site in Cape Town

This project aims to identify opportunities for integrating water supply alternatives within the urban water system through the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS) – including Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as part of a broader Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) approach – in the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The research includes physical experimentation with stormwater infrastructure (Cape Town) and evaluation of already implemented NBS for stormwater management (Johannesburg), as well as an exploration of governance processes for enabling the water sensitive transition in both cities.












The project is funded by Danida’s Window 2 programme and is a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management  (IGN) and University of Cape Town, Future Water Research Institute.

Project: Pathways to water resilient South African cities (PaWS)
Coordinator: Lise Herslund
Start/end: May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2022

Ideas for master's projects

Possibilities for masters projects on urban water resilience in South Africa

Project overview

Pathways to water resilient South African cities – project overview