Through ‘meaningful play’ this web-based gaming competition raises awareness about water management and the interlinked social and ecological challenges facing sustainable management, including climate change. Players start with an undeveloped catchment, the Middle Olifants catchment in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The challenge is to optimally develop the catchment to cater for a growing population. Water Game Challenge sponsored by the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with additional funding from South African National Parks (SANParks) and the UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and the Environment. The competition runs from 18 July - 18 August 2014.
Water resource challenges are on the rise. Climate change adds to the rising challenges. There is a growing need to raise awareness and build capacity around water management to solve these issues. With the Water Game you will see about the conflicts and trade-offs that exist in a real catchment (Middle Olifants) by experiencing them through meaningful play. Also, the game will enable the Water Research Commission to understand your thoughts related to water issues in South Africa. By playing this game, individuals will better understand the needs and perspectives of all the stakeholders involved in integrated water resource management, as well as the value that ecosystems provide.