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Freshwater Conservation and WASH Integration Community of Practice Meeting

February 25, 2020

Improving water security is important for sustainable growth and development. As urban populations increase, and climate change places more stress on water availability, finding ways to increase the available supply of fresh water for urban residents has never been a more important challenge to address. Massive infrastructure development, rapid population increase and expanding urbanization is some of the changes being experienced in the region. Catchments in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa are facing serious degradation due to land use changes, poorly planned infrastructure, urbanization, population growth, among others. Transforming water-scarce urban settlements into water-secure settlements requires improved water management strategies. This CoP discussed opportunities and potential challenges of infrastructure development on water security and how integrated FW-WASH strategies can be harnessed to ensure provision of clean water while at the same time ensuring the protection of catchment amidst the growing urbanization challenges.

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