Catchment Management Agency
#65: Catchment Management Agency
Catchment Management Agencies (CMAs) are organisations set up at the catchment level with the aim of decentralising the responsibility for managing water resources.
A core responsibility of authorities such as CMAs is the development of the Catchment Management Strategy (CMS) that regulates in the respective catchment.
Example: Agency for Catchment Management in South Africa
Catchment management agencies can be responsible for setting up the regulatory framework for water use licenses (water-related activities that require licensing, available volume of water to licensed entities, etc.). They also hold overarching prerogatives in the scope of water use and have the faculty to establish water user associations.
STEER (2019). Assessment of variables in the five in-depth case studies of the STEER project. Internal Report. (p. 428)