Abcg: The Convergence Factor: Lessons from Integrating Freshwater Conservation and WASH
Most of sub-Saharan Africa is under pressure from increasing population growth, urbanization, and consumption, as well as poorly-planned infrastructure development. All of these factors are negatively impacting the quality and availability of freshwater resources. In response to these threats to freshwater resources, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), supported by US Agency for International Development, pilot tested the integration of freshwater conservation and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) approaches in two African landscapes to improve both conservation and human health outcomes.
Conservation International, with its affiliate Conservation South Africa (CSA), and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) integrated WASH activities into existing conservation programs in South Africa and Uganda, respectively. At the end of a two-year implementation period, both CSA and JGI staff agreed the pilots demonstrated meaningful results that prove the concept works. The demand from communities for improved water and associated health and conservation benefits underscore the need for more work on these projects.
The lessons learned from this work have been published and available in the report titled, The Convergence Factor: Lessons from Integrating Freshwater Conservation and Wash.