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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.

Output(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nexo energí­a-agua en el contexto del cambio climático en los paí­ses en desarrollo: Experiencias de América Latina, ífrica Oriental y Austral

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

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