Perspectives on mainstreaming climate resilience into water infrastructure

Perspectives on mainstreaming climate resilience into water infrastructure

Southern Africa is facing a large number of climate risks as a result of increased extreme weather events, which in combination with low levels of adaptive capacity, makes this part of the continent highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. An example of this are the impacts from the 2015 drought, which resulted in…

Collaboration for resilience in SADC’s transport corridor border towns

This June, a meeting on cross-border infrastructure projects brought CRIDF and some of its key collaborators to the offices of the Zambian Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection in Lusaka. The meeting was organised by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Water Fund in order to establish closer working relationships between the…

A coffee grower, a dam and a partnership for water security in northern Zambia

This June, CRIDF met with the global specialty coffee producer Olam to discuss future pro-poor possibilities for a dam that Olam is planning to build on the Chambeshi River in the Northern region of Zambia. Olam is the third largest agri-business in the world operating in 66 countries, including five Southern African Development Community countries.…

Country by country: overviews of CRIDF action

CRIDF has produced a series of 11 Country Overviews to succinctly present the full scope of its engagement in projects within each Southern African Development Community country. Given the Facility’s numerous streams of activities across Southern Africa, many of which are transboundary initiatives spanning multiple countries, these briefs were created to make it easy for anyone…

CRIDF joins the dialogue for solutions at Adaptation Futures 2018

The fifth Adaptation Futures conference, one of the world’s major gatherings on climate change adaptation, took place in Cape Town, South Africa this June. As a facility developing long-term adaptation solutions to improve the lives of the poor in Southern Africa, CRIDF was there. Dr Pauline Lindeque represented CRIDF in the session Climate Change adaptation…

Sustainable water supplies for Namibian smallholders: project completed

In October 2017, CRIDF and partners in the Namibian part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) completed the construction of water supply infrastructure in three flagship villages. Working with the KAZA Secretariat, the Southern African organisation Peace Parks Foundation and the contractor Afro Installations, CRIDF led the process of scoping, designing and…

OKACOM Technical Committee members assess critical flood gauges in Angola

This January, a team of water experts from four countries travelled along 3,000 kilometres of rural Angolan roads, in order to assess four very remote, but potentially life-saving, flood gauges. While floods regularly devastate communities in multiple floodplains – including Botswana’s Okavango Delta – they often begin with heavy rainfall in Angola’s remote tributaries. The…