Environment & Urbanization

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Water resource management under a changing climate in Angola's coastal settlements

Allan Cain

International Institute for Environment and Development



Angola’s civil war caused a massive population movement from rural conflict areas to low-lying coastal zones. More than half of Angola’s 27 million people now live in urban coastal settlements, floodplains and steep ravines vulnerable to climate extremes. Climate-related risks are worsening and it is important to understand and prepare for them. Angola's coastal areas are experiencing increasing variable rainfall and pressure on water supplies and markets, but a dearth of relevant data has made it difficult to assess these risks. This paper demonstrates innovative methods in filling the information gap. It explains how changes were introduced in how water is governed in four Angolan coastal cities.


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