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Benefits of Low Emission Development Strategies: The Case of Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which is Africa’s largest wind farm, will increase the national electricity supply while creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An estimated 310 MW of wind energy capacity will: mitigate greenhouse …

Climate Models: What They Show Us and How They can be Used in Planning

This report discusses the climate conditions that we experience, which are the result of complex interactions between processes occurring in the atmosphere and in the oceans. These mentioned processes operate at global and local scales. They are i…

Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Malawi

Agriculture is essential to the Malawian economy and is a key livelihood activity – but it is vulnerable to climate change. Gender inequality results from different gender roles – what we deem appropriate behaviour for men and women in society. B…

Unlocking International Finance for Water Infrastructure in Angola

The impacts of climate change will increase the costs of delivering the infrastructure needed to expand access to water and sanitation across developing countries. It will be important for countries like Angola to access increased levels of climate …

The Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies

The overall objective of the project is to assist African countries in developing local knowledge and expertise to formulate, establish necessary implementation capacity and implement concrete LEDS policies and plans for low emission, climate-resili…

Equitable Access to Water for Young People

Africa has the youngest population in the world. Sixty per cent of Africans are under 25 years old. One of the challenges these young people face is the difficulty of accessing water, an entitlement enshrined in the Declaration of Human Rights and t…

Equitable Access to Water for Women

This paper examines women’s role as primary water collectors, assesses the barriers that prevent women from easily accessing water, and outlines how CRIDF can work to eliminate or reduce these barriers. The paper examines the reasons behind inequita…

Equitable Access to Water for People with Disabilities

Disability is a multi-faceted challenge to people’s development. It is both the cause and effect of developmental issues: people with disabilities are more likely than able people to be poor and those who are poor are more likely to be disabled. I…

Reducing Loss of Treated Water Offers Substantial Financial Gains to Water Utilities: Managing Water Demand in Maseru, Lesotho

The Orange-Senqu Basin, spanning Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho, is one of the most water-stressed regions in Southern Africa. Precipitation varies considerably from year to year, mostly falling during highly localised, intense storms. …

Investing in Flood Risk Management Reduces Flood Vulnerability and Builds Climate Resilience: The Role of Public-private Partnerships in Managing flood Risk in the Lower Incomati Basin

The Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) catalysed a public–private partnership to manage floods in the Lower Incomati Basin. The aim is to deliver economic benefits to all Basin inhabitants and to reduce the vulnerability o…

Investing £24,000 in Flood Forecasting Systems in the Limpopo River Basin Saves £140,000 per Annum in Flood Damage: Data sharing and Early Warning Flood Forecasting in the Limpopo River Basin

In the transboundary Limpopo River Basin, the riparian states of Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe can now share real-time water-level and flow gauge data. Fed into a hydraulic model of the Limpopo River, the shared data can predict f…

Pathways to Climate Resilient Livelihoods in the KAZA TFCA

The Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) has a dual economy. Tourism – the most lucrative economic activity that the area’s conservation status allows – attracts a secure, if seasonal, income. Meanwhile, many of the almost …

Dam Operating Rules and Community Tools to Ensure Water for All in the Save Basin

The Save Basin is a catchment area of tributaries to the Runde River and the Save River, which raise complex issues for water managers as they traverse the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In a region where rainfall has always been variable…

Living with Wildlife: Better Livelihoods in a Transfrontier Conservation Area

Human–wildlife conflict in a conservation area compromises the livelihoods of those living within its boundaries and undermines conservation goals. Laying a path towards climate resilient livelihoods helps local communities benefit from tourism, whi…

Coordinating to Halt the Damage of Floods in the Lower Incomati Basin

A productive, but flood-prone, Mozambican river basin presents a challenge for its diverse private and public stakeholders. Working in coordination with a shared set of tools has brought them together to consider a less vulnerable future for all. Ly…

Water is Life in Masvingo, Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province, erratic, scarce rainfall has led to repeated crop failure and severe food shortages across the districts of Bikita and Chivi. Despite the Save River basin being seated within the region, climate change has extended t…

Malawi heatwaves threaten tea yields and livelihoods

The recent heatwave in Malawi has led to consecutive days with very high temperatures. This is exactly the scenario that tea growers fear. Over the last 18 months, our work with smallholder farmers and large-scale tea producers in the southern distr…

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