‘Climate Change and Upstream Development Impacts on New Hydropower Projects in the Zambezi’ project is a research initiative designed to address the major uncertainties facing hydropower development in the region, and to deepen understanding among stakeholders of the risks to hydropower from changes in climate and increased upstream water demand.

Water is a key resource for development in Southern Africa. Beyond basic needs for human survival, increased agricultural yield from irrigation improves food security, and hydropower is critical to industrial development and trade in many countries.

This briefing is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. However, the views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, which can accept no responsibility for such views or information or for any reliance placed on them.