The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Enhancing the climate resilience of Africa's infrastructure: the power and water sectors

Africa has experienced economic growth of more than 5 percent per annum during the past decade, but to sustain this growth, investment in infrastructure is fundamental. Much of these investments will support the construction of long-lived infrastructure (for example, dams, power stations, and irrigation canals), which will be vulnerable to the potentially harsher climate of the future. Enhancing the climate resilience of Africa's infrastructure: the power and water sectors is the first book to use a consistent approach across river basins and power systems in Africa, including a comprehensive, broad set of state-of-the-art climate projections to evaluate the risks posed by climate change to planned investments in Africa’s water, and power sectors.

This book has been published as part of the Africa Development Forum Series sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement and the World Bank.

The book further analyzes how investment plans can be modified to mitigate those risks, and it quantifies the corresponding benefits and costs, within the limits of a largely desk-based assessment. The scope of the study includes seven major river basins (Congo, Niger, Nile, Senegal, Upper Orange, Volta, and Zambezi) and four power pools (Central, Eastern, Southern, and West African). The study addresses the entire program for infrastructure development in Africa (PIDA) hydropower capacity enhancements in the subject basins, as part of the region’s overall power generation plans, as well as additional investments in irrigation that are included in regional and national master plans.

It is a free publication available to view or download online.

Cervigni, Raffaello, Rikard Liden, James E. Neumann, and Kenneth M. Strzepek. 2015. Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa’s Infrastructure: The Power and Water Sectors. Africa Development Forum series. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0466-3. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO
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