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Water security and climate resilient development

This paper argues that the sustainability of Africa’s economic growth and development will depend on what happens to the continent’s water resources. Water is a key input to economic growth sectors and contributes to employment, job creation and gross domestic product. Climate change threatens Africa’s water resources, and therefore decision-makers need to make investment decisions that promote water security and climate resilient growth and development. This paper presents the African Union’s (AU) Strategic Framework for Water Security and Climate Resilient Development. The Framework is a tool to help users to identify and develop ‘no/low regrets’ investment strategies, to integrate these into planning processes, and to adapt future development planning activities to make them more resilient to climate change and variability. This document supports the Framework by providing further detail on the concepts, methods and approaches that underpin the actions and steps identified in it.