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Submissions are now closed


All submissions have been reviewed and feedback has been sent to all authors.

If you have received an acceptance for Presentation, please log in to the abstract system and upload your full paper by 30 August 2017.
Full paper guidelines are here.
Presentation guidelines are here.

If you have received an acceptance for Poster presentation, please use either this pdf template or this ppt template to design your poster. Please log in to the abstract system and upload your poster there.

Remember to print you poster for the conference.

The size of the Poster including lamination should be no bigger than A0 in portrait - 84.1 cm wide x 118.9 cm. Poster boards provided for poster sessions have a ‘foam-type’ surface. Please bring thumbtacks. No electronic posters will be accommodated during the session

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Submitted papers will be presented in oral or poster formats and selected papers will be peer reviewed to be published. We also welcome submissions that report interdisciplinary work, address communication with broad audiences, or explore ways of teaching watershed and river basin management at any level.

Contributing oral presentations are allotted 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions, and will be placed in thematic sessions. By submitting an abstract, it is expected that authors will be available during any of these time slots. Posters will be displayed during the entire conference, and authors are expected to present their posters during scheduled poster sessions.

Students/Young Water Professionals (YWP) planning to present at the conference who are interested can sign up to have their presentations judged, and the top presentations will be given an exciting award.


Suggested topics include: 

-          Key challenges and management options for managers of watersheds

-          Exploring the different approaches from various international and multi-jurisdictional perspectives

-          Feasible solutions and mechanisms for multi-nationally shared river basins in a geo-political context

-          Resilience from perspectives of the environment, investment and robust infrastructure

-          Land-water governance, partnerships, equity and decentralized versus centralized governance models

-          Technical approaches and assessment tools for improving water resource management

-          The water-energy-food nexus

-          Community driven processes, including social science-based evidence for environmental decision-making and the use of
            citizen science

-          Water management 4.0 – utilization of IT developments

-          Lessons learnt in the South African context



It is not compulsory that papers be submitted for this Conference as we realise that producing a paper is a burden to most presenters. The abstract and presentation are all that is required.

If you do want to submit a paper whether it is for peer review or not, the organising committee would like the papers by the 30 August 2017.

The Organising Committee will be preparing a Memory Stick for each participant of the conference containing all the abstracts, any papers submitted and the Posters that will be presented.

If you want your paper to be considered for peer review and possible publication in the following journals

Water Science & Technology

Water Science & Technology: Water Supply

Water Practice & Technology

then you need to submit a full paper complying with the IWAP’s specifications.

The specifications for the formatting of papers are available on the IWAP website at http://wst.iwaponline.com/content/instructions-authors-wst

The aim of IWA Publishing is the most rapid publication of all papers that meet the high quality requirements of the journals; the quality is assured by each paper undergoing full peer review (by at least two expert reviewers):

The process is as follows:

-         The Scientific and Programme Committee at the Conference will select the best papers from the conference (excluding any
           that lack sufficient interest/novelty, are not properly formatted or are not in good English) and send them to WST within 2
           weeks of the conference.

-         IWA Publishing will upload them into the WST Editorial Manager system and arrange for online peer review by at least two

-         The designated WST Editor will use those reviews to make the final decision on which papers should be accepted for



Important Dates

Early registration and payment
closed on 30 June 2017

Late registration with accommodation at Skukuza
1 August 2017

Speaker registration and payment
18 August 2017

Late registration with own accommodation
15 September 2017

All Papers and Posters are to be received
30 August 2017

Final programme on web
31 August 2017



Keep this in mind when paying with a purchase order.


 Conference Organiser

Savanna Skills
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