Water Stewardship

What is water stewardship?

All over the world societies face a growing demand for clean, fresh water to sustain healthy ecosystems, supply food to growing human populations and support increasing economic activity. At the same time the reliability of fresh water supplies is declining with the impacts of climate change, watershed degradation and overuse.

Water stewardship is about responding to these challenges to ensure that our society can continue to benefit from fresh water usage while maintaining human rights and healthy ecosystems. Rucore’s aim, together with its partner organisations and communities, is to conceptualise, design and implement integrated and sustainable rainwater–harvesting strategies and earthworks that enhance social and environmental resilience in and around rural communities.

What are rainwater harvesting and earthworks?

Rainwater harvesting is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due to the inherent quality and free availability of rainwater, to recharge wells and groundwater, grow more food and useful plant resources and control flooding and erosion. Earthworks “plant” the rain to turn water scarcity into water abundance and is the foundation strategy of sustainable landscapes (Lancaster, B. Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2).

Current projects 2013

•    Rainwater harvesting and earthworks training, Tlholego Ecovillage – ongoing
•    Ashoka rainwater harvesting earthworks and biological farming collaboration – ongoing
•    See resources page for more information or contact paul@rucore.org.za



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