Water is a critical resource for human wellbeing, ecosystem functioning and supporting all forms of economic activity. From catchments, water travels along journey through multi-purpose landscapes providing water along the way for various ecological, domestic and economic purposes. Sustainable use of water resources requires collaboration amongst all key stakeholders in catchments and downstream users in urban areas. Water liaison practitioners provide clear and concise water related information for good governance, and management that promotes equitable and sustainable water use.
Water liaison practitioners regularly consult with varied public and private stakeholders, scientists and businesses. They work in an office environment but regularly travel to sites to gather information and talk to strategic partners.
Water liaison practitioners require a thorough knowledge of water practices and associated legislation and policies governing water access and use, coupled with:
Design and develop water related communication strategies
Establish, maintain and promote collaborative partnerships
Initiate, coordinate and promote water stewardship events
Identify and analyse appropriate systems and tools for information dissemination
B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science specialising in Water Science at NWU, RU, UJ, UMP, UP and Wits
B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Communication Studies at NWU, UFH, UFS, UJ, UL, UNISA, Unizulu and UWC
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Public Relations and Communication at CPUT, DUT, TUT, UJ, VUT and WSU
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Water Science and Technology at TUT
National, provincial and local government.
Catchment management agencies.
Water utility companies.