The Water Research Commission is a unique funding agency, which offers financial, technical and managerial support to water research in South Africa. Its goal is to have highly informed water decision-making through science and technology at all levels, in all stakeholder groups, and innovative water solutions through research and development for South Africa, Africa and the world. The WRC’s mission is to be a global water knowledge node and South Africa’s premier water knowledge centre active across the innovation value chain. This informs policy and decision making, creates new products, innovation and services for socio-economic development, develops human capital in the water science sector, empowers communities and reduces poverty, supports the national transformation and re-dress project, and develops sustainable solutions and deepens water research and development in South Africa, Africa and the developing world. The WRC undertakes activities to co-ordinate, support and promote fundamental and applied research, to disseminate new knowledge and to transfer research into implementable and/or commercialisable products or processes.
It is evident from the above that the MWD in conjunction with WISA, TUT, WRC and IMWA and its professional conference organisers, has the administrative resources, credentials and track record to successfully organise and host the 11th ICARD in South Africa. ICARD 2018 will therefore provide an excellent networking opportunity and forum for all relevant stakeholders in the ARD sector. This will create new opportunities for establishing and strengthening networks for in-formation sharing.