Climate projections suggest that, by the end of the century, the amount of rain in the Upper Nile basin could increase by up to 20%. But our new paper shows that, despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin.
According to data, achieving universal access to water and sanitation for all by 2030, there needs to be increased investment in management of freshwater ecosystems and sanitation facilities on a local level in several developing countries within Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Henning Sandager, Area Managing Director at GRUNDFOS Sub-Saharan Africa joins CNBC Africa for more.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are set to meet in Russia to discuss a dispute over a hydropower dam that Ethiopia is building on the River Nile, which has caused a long-running diplomatic standoff. Ethiopia aims to provide electricity to homes of its 105 million citizens and Egypt wants a steady supply of water for its 98 million citizens. Global Chairman at Fairfax Africa Fund (US), Zemedeneh Negatu joins CNBC Africa for more.
Governments and development organizations have spent billions of dollars over the past several decades in an attempt to address this inequity in low- and middle-income countries, but the unfortunate reality is that many of these efforts have fallen flat. So how do you create a solution that sticks ?
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) was touted as project that would transform South Africa, a country thirsty for water. It hasn't panned out to be all it was promised to be with delays and allegations of maladministration. Now in an attempt to get the project back on track three municipalities in the Free State will be facing very low water supply as it will be shut down for two months for inspection and maintenance. To discuss what this will mean for a thirsty nation, Spokesperson from the National Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau joins CNBC Africa for more.
This East African country’s future is tied to water – a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climate
In July the East African nation planted 350 million trees in a single day. This was part of the country’s national green legacy initiative to counter environmental degradation and climate change. The initiative ultimately aims to grow 4 billion trees across the country.
Globally, a country is said to experience a serious water scarcity problem if it has less than 500,000 liters of water per person per year, to meet both their daily needs and agricultural needs.
Starting from the first of July, Ghanaians will be paying 8.01 per cent higher for water according to the new tariffs permitted by Ghana’s Public Utility Regulatory Commission. While electricity tariffs were also raised by just over 11 per cent.