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Low-cost energy solutions for water supply in drought-prone Southern Africa

This report from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre examines how renewable energy and energy mini-grids can power water services in drought-prone rural areas in five Southern African countries: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, and Mozambique.

Researchers identified three main challenges to the uptake of solutions: a lack of coordination in water and energy policies, poor knowledge of small-scale renewable energy projects, and the consistent failure of large donor-funded initiatives to benefit small farmers.

The study highlights the need for more in-depth research to inform infrastructure planning. 

Download the full report: “Energy, water and climate change in Southern Africa

This is one of four reports produced by the IDRC-funded project Clean Energy and Water: An Assessment of Services for Local Adaptation to Climate Change. The project analyzes how water and renewable energy services can be combined to enhance the resilience of resource-constrained communities to climate variability.

Document(s)

Towards the development of an Energy-Water-Food Security Nexus based modelling framework as a policy and planning tool for South Africa

Can renewable energy technologies improve the management of stressed water resources threatened by climate change

El nexo energía-agua en el contexto del cambio climático en los países en desarrollo: Experiencias de América Latina, África Oriental y Austral

Les liens entre l’eau et l’énergie au regard des changements climatiques dans les pays en développement Les expériences vécues en Amérique latine, en Afrique de l’Est et en Afrique australe

Water-energy nexus in the context of climate change in the Southern African region

Water-energy nexus in the context of climate change in the Southern African region : initial research findings

Clean energy and water : assessment of Mexico for improved water services with renewable energy

Clean energy and water : an assessment of services for adaptation to climate change; final assessment report

Energy, water and climate change in Southern Africa : what are the issues that need further investment and research?

Clean energy and water : an assessment for services for adaptation to climate change; final assessment report

Energy-water nexus in the context of climate change in developing countries : experiences from Latin America, East and Southern Africa; synthesis report

Arid and semiarid regions of Argentina

Water-energy nexus and climate change in Southern Africa : towards a modelling framework as a policy and planning tool

Barriers to the integration of the water-energy nexus in policy and practice in Southern Africa and future research opportunities

Clean energy and water : assessment of Mexico for improved water services and renewable energy

Clean energy and water : low-cost climate adaptation options for East Africa; draft journal article

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