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Toward an Integrated Approach: Water Management Dynamics in the City of Accra


Year published: 2022
Categories: Book Chapter
URL Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-95979-1_5

Author / Authors:

  • Ernest Nti Acheampong



Water plays a crucial role in addressing an interconnected set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including urban health, food security, and climate resilience, as well as unlocking opportunities for economic growth and the promotion of sustainable consumption norms in African cities. However, in many cities, water management represents a complex multifaceted challenge characterized by political, economic, and social interactions. This chapter builds on the case of Accra, Ghana, to illustrate the challenges of urban water management in Africa under conditions of rapid urban growth, urban sprawl, and industrial development. These issues are compounded by the impact of climate change on water supply, pollution, and urban health. By bringing together a range of different stakeholders involved in urban water management through the use of a transdisciplinary research approach, the chapter argues in favor of more participatory and integrated approaches to urban water management. These include greater emphasis on the importance of investment in water infrastructure and appropriate technologies to increase efficiency, promote wastewater recycling and reuse, and improve the governance of urban water flows.

Keywords - Urban water management, Accra, Transdisciplinary research, Learning Alliance Platform (LAP)


  • Book Chapter