National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Planning for sustainable water futures in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the SDGs
By 2030, average global water requirements are expected to exceed current supply by 40%, necessitating massive investment to fill this ‘gap’. Historically, such investments have focused on often costly and unsustainable ‘grey’ or ‘built’ infrastructure. Hence, interest is rapidly increasing in pathways optimizing the use of ‘natural’ or ‘green’ infrastructure (freshwater ecosystems and the services (FWES) they provide), or on ‘blended’ approaches. The goal of SESYNC’s proposed Pursuit is to aid planning for sustainable water futures in sub-Saharan Africa, built around provision of FWES from healthy freshwater ecosystems, in support of achieving the SDGs.