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Talking ecosystems, infrastructure and people at World Water Week

Talking ecosystems, infrastructure and people at World Water Week

This year’s World Water Week once again brought more than 3,000 international water experts to Stockholm at the end of August, united under the theme of “Water, ecosystems and human development”. CRIDF took part throughout the week. CRIDF’s Caroline Brown, as a member of Stockholm International Water Institute’s Young Scientific Programme Committee, held responsibility for…

Engaging with the Komati Basin Water Authority

Engaging with the Komati Basin Water Authority

Following a successful Rapid Advisory Service (RAS) in 2018, CRIDF has agreed to continue helping the bi-national Komati Basin Water Authority (KOBWA) better deal with drought and climate change in both eSwatini and South Africa. Formed in 1993, the Authority manages the release of water from Driekoppies Dam in South Africa and Maguga Dam in…

Local stakeholders map vulnerabilities across the Zambezi Basin

This October at the 3rd Annual Zambezi Basin Stakeholders’ Forum in Lilongwe, CRIDF presented the work it has undertaken to map the hazards and vulnerabilities that impact livelihoods in the Zambezi River Basin. CRIDF’s hotspot mapping approach is unique and valuable because of the way it combines robust scientific processes with local stakeholder knowledge. The…

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…