WISE-UP to Climate

WISE-UP to Climate is a project which will demonstrate natural infrastructure as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

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

The project will develop knowledge on how to use portfolios of built water infrastructure (eg. dams, levees, irrigation channels) and natural infrastructure (eg. wetlands, floodplains, watersheds) for poverty reduction, water-energy-food security, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience.

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



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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

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    Logo BMU

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