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This programme promotes the need to value and protect Africa’s natural resource base by conducting studies and offering training as means to better understand possible policy options and pathways for the promotion of regional integration, peace and sustainable development. The programme has two main components – transboundary water resources management and sustainable development.


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Transboundary Water Resources Management

With nearly 90 per cent of the world population living in countries where freshwater resources cross borders, the peaceful cooperation and sustainable use of shared waters are critically important. In Africa alone there are 63 shared river basins. These basins are important hubs for economic development and regional integration. By focusing on transboundary waters, GRID-Arendal does not only seek to provide innovative communication tools and products that enable the sustainable use and development of such shared resources, but also to:

  • Develop local expertise in various areas of environmental assessments, including web-based mapping and data management, remote sensing, disaster risk assessments, green economy approaches, and integrated water resources management;
  • Provide a platform for dialogue on transboundary water issues between governments, civil society, media, youth and other stakeholders;
  • Provide scientific evidence to enable sound decision and policy-making; and
  • Demonstrate the social, environmental and economic benefits that accrue to riparian countries through the equitable use of transboundary water resources.
  • Current transboundary water resources management activities focus on the Limpopo River Basin, while recent past activities have focused on the Zambezi and Okavango River Basins, as well as Lake Victoria Basin.


Sustainable Development

This sub-programme tracks Africa’s progress towards meeting Sustainable Development Goals by highlighting the importance of the environment sector. Besides profiling the environment, the sub-programme also facilitates training in the area of environmental assessment and reporting. Key areas of focus under the sub-programme include safe drinking water, sanitation, food security and renewable energy.


The major on-going Sustainable Development activity is the Wastewater Management and Sanitation Provision project, a joint initiative by GRID-Arendal, UN Environment and the Africa Development Bank. In addition to tracking Africa’s progress towards meeting sanitation and safe drinking water goals and targets, the also initiative explores investment opportunities by the private and public sectors in wastewater management and sanitation provision.

Status: In progress

Type: Programme

Programme: Africa

Tags: Africa Wastewater Management South Africa Sanitation East Africa African wildlife African biodiversity Africa Continent

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