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Enhancing the climate resilience of Africa’s water and energy infrastructure

SEI built WEAP models for seven major river basins, enabling the exploration of policies and investments under various climate futures.

Annette Huber-Lee / Published on 15 October 2019
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SEI (2019). Enhancing the climate resilience of Africa’s water and energy infrastructure. SEI Fact Sheet. Stockholm Environment Institute, US Center, Davis, California.

Aerial view of water way

Aerial view of the Zambezi. Photo: golero / Getty Images.

Sub-Saharan Africa is already feeling the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events – such as floods, droughts and storms – threaten this region’s economies, and underscore the need for climate-resilient infrastructure.

SEI evaluated seven major river basins in the region: those of the Congo, Orange, Niger, Nile, Senegal, Volta, and Zambezi rivers. These basins hold strategic significance in terms of hydropower, basic water supply and irrigation potential; together, they account for some 200 gigawatts (GW) of hydropower generation capacity and have the potential to increase irrigation capacity by more than 60%.

For each basin, SEI created a model in its Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system. These models enabled users to estimate streamflow, as well as domestic and agricultural water demands, under various climate futures – and to explore different management strategies and investments under a range of uncertainties.


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Annette Huber-Lee

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