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Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure : The Power and Water Sectors (Paperback)

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Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa’s Infrastructure: The Power and Water SectorsEdited by: Raffaello Cervigni, Rikard Liden, Jim Neumann, Kenneth StrzepekAbstract To sustain Africa’s growth, and accelerate the eradication of extreme poverty, investment in infrastructure is fundamental. In 2010, the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic found that to enable Africa to fill its infrastructure gap, some US$ 93 billion per year for the next decade will need to be invested. The Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), endorsed in 2012 by the continent’s Heads of State and Government, lays out an ambitious long-term plan for closing Africa’s infrastructure including trough step increases in hydroelectric power generation and water storage capacity. Much of this investment will support the construction of long-lived infrastructure (e.g. dams, power stations, irrigation canals), which may be vulnerable to changes in climatic patterns, the direction and magnitude of which remain significantly uncertain.This book evaluates -using for the first time a single consistent methodology and the state-of-the-arte climate scenarios-, the impacts of climate change on hydro-power and irrigation expansion plans in Africa’s main rivers basins (******, Senegal, Volta, Congo, Nile, Zambezi, Orange); and outlines an approach to reduce climate risks through suitable adjustments to the planning and design process. The book finds that failure to integrate climate change in the planning and design of power and water infrastructure could entail, in scenarios of drying climate conditions, losses of hydropower revenues between 5% and 60% (depending on the basin); and increases in consumer expenditure for energy up to 3 times the corresponding baseline values. In in wet climate scenarios, business-as-usual infrastructure development could lead to foregone revenues in the range of 15% to 130% of the baseline, to the extent that the larger volume of precipitation is not used to expand the production of hydropower.Despite the large uncertainty on whether drier or wetter conditions will prevail in the future in Africa, the book finds that by modifying existing investment plans to explicitly handle the risk of large climate swings, can cut in half or more the cost that would accrue by building infrastructure on the basis of the climate of the pastAcknowledgments(Will include the names of the extended team)Abbreviations and AcronymsTable of ContentsList of Tables, Figures, & BoxesOverviewAuthors: EditorsChapter 1 Africa’s Water and Power InfrastructureAuthors: IndEconChapter 2 MethodologyAuthors: Editors; Rand; SEI, KTHChapter 3 Climate Change Projections in AfricaAuthors: IndEcon; others?Chapter 4 Establishing a Reference Investment ScenarioAuthors: SEI, IndEconChapter 5 The Impacts of Climate Change on Infrastructure PerformanceAuthors: Rand, SEI, KTH, IndEconChapter 6 Adaptation to Climate Change in the Planning of Inf
Number of Pages: 178.0
Genre: Business + Money Management
Series Title: Africa Development Forum
Format: Paperback
Publisher: World Bank
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 23961444
UPC: 9781464804663
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-4998

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