WISE-UP to Climate

The project's name stands for 'Water Infrastructure Solutions from Ecosystem Services Underpinning Climate Resilient Policies and Programmes'.

Water security is critical for sustainable economic development, poverty reduction and climate change adaptation. Ecosystem services need to be linked more directly and clearly into water infrastructure development, for climate change adaptation and integration into water, food and energy security.

WISE-UP aims to tackle these challenges by demonstrating the application of natural infrastructure as a ‘nature-based solution’ for climate change adaptation and sustainable development in the Volta and Tana River Basins of West and East Africa respectively.

Combining Built and Natural Infrastructure

The project will generate new knowledge and innovative tools on optimising built (eg. dams, levees, irrigation channels) and natural (eg. wetlands, floodplains, watersheds) infrastructure and pilot their application by decision-makers and stakeholders engaged in climate change adaptation planning and river basin development, setting investment strategies for water infrastructure and dialogue over water resource management.

WISE-UP will run over a four-year period (2013-2017) and link ecosystem services more directly into water infrastructure development in the Tana (Kenya) and Volta (Ghana-Burkina Faso) river basins.

Project Partners

The project is coordinated by a global partnership that brings together the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Ghana (CSIR), The African Collaborative Center for Earth System Sciences (ACCESS) - University of Nairobi, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI),  the University of Manchester, the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)



Photo: Taco Anema / IUCN

INFOGRAPHIC: Natural Infrastructure for Water Management - Investing in nature for multiple objectives

Infographic: Natural Infrastructure for Water Management

Natural infrastructure represents the services that ecosystems provide that are similar to those provided by built or conventional infrastructure approaches.

The composition, structure, and function of natural infrastructure in river basins, and the way it interplays with built infrastructure determines the primary services and co-benefits produced.


WISE-UP Partners


WISE-UP Partners

WISE-UP Partners

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WISE-UP to climate
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    WISE-UP to climate - flyer

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Water Infrastructure Solutions from Ecosystem Services


  • White Volta Tributary, Burkina Ghana border

    White Volta Tributary, Burkina Ghana border

    Photo: IUCN\Danielle Maitre Perrot

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    Logo BMUB

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