Climate Change and Water Resources in West Africa: Transboundary River Basins


This document is part of a series of studies produced by the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project that addresses adaptation to climate change in West Africa. Within the ARCC West Africa studies, this document falls in the subseries Climate Change and Water Resources in West Africa. ARCC undertook the West Africa water studies to increase understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on water resources in West Africa and identify means to support adaptation to these changes.

This report is a desk study to clarify the impacts of climate change on transboundary river basins in comparison to other stressors, and to offer an initial web-based assessment of the adaptive capacity of Transboundary River Basin Management Institutions in West Africa. The purpose of the study is to serve as a basis for further research related to the design of activities reinforcing the capacity of these institutions to sustainably develop and protect river basin resources, ecosystems, and livelihoods in the face of climate change.