The uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership (UEIP)-Strengthening collaborative water governance in the uMngeni River catchment

05 December 2016

The uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership (UEIP) Strategy was formally adopted by the members of the uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership Coordination Committee at a meeting that was held at Fern Hill Hotel and Conference Centre in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal on the 14th November 2016. The document describes the institutional arrangements as well as roles and responsibilities within the UEIP. The Strategy not only guides the actions of the partnership but provides purpose and coherence to the UEIP, defining what the partnership is and what it is not.

Group photo umngeniThe uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership formally came into being in November 2013 upon signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by key organisations from national, provincial and local government departments, business, academic institutions and civil society.  The signatory partners committed to finding ways of integrating ecological infrastructure solutions to support built infrastructure investments in order to address challenges of water security in the uMngeni catchment.

This was subsequent to a high-level workshop held in February 2013, led by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality’s Water and Sanitation Unit and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) together with the Umgeni Water and the KwaZulu-Natal regional office of the Department of Water and Sanitation.  The afore-mentioned organisations got together to take stock of the state of the uMngeni River catchment; and formulated a vision for a catchment‐wide partnership.  

The partnership currently comprises of over twenty organisations from national, provincial and local government departments, business, academic institutions and civil society; and is co-chaired by SANBI and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality with SANBI as the centre of coordination since the inception of the partnership. At a participatory workshop conducted by the UEIP Coordination Committee in April 2015, a process of defining a strategy to guide the UEIP and strengthen governance while describing clear objectives that the partnership wants to achieve as a collective was initiated. This process culminated in a Strategy document that was finalised in July 2016.  

For more information on the UEIP, please contact Nontutuzelo Gola via email at n.gola@sanbi.org.za.

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