Water, Climate & Development Programme (WACDEP)

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) have partnered to support climate change adaptation in Africa. The effort is being implemented through a programme known as the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP), which is coordinated by GWP SA. This initiative supports the implementation of the African Union Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on Water and Sanitation, and specifically contributes to AMCOW’s work on climate change. The WACDEP program takes into account the lessons learned by GWP’s work in 13 African countries while developing National IWRM plans between 2005 and 2010.

From 2012-2016, the first phase of WACDEP was implemented in eight countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tunisia and Zimbabwe) and four transboundary river basins (Limpopo Basin, Kagera Basin, Lake Chad Basin and Volta Basin) and one shared aquifer (the North-Western Sahara Aquifer System).

WADCEP is currently in its second phase, and countries of implementation are being identified and selected on the basis of expressed demand and priorities defined by AMCOW in collaboration with key stakeholders such as Regional Economic Communities and national governments.

The objective of WACDEP is to promote Africa’s water security as a key part of sustainable development and contribute to climate change resilience for economic growth and human security. Read more on WACDEP