Climate Refugees: Decentralised Water and Energy Resilience

Many of us don’t consider the impact that water scarcity has on the refugee crisis. According to the World Bank (Groundwell Report) by 2050, Sub-Saharan Africa could see as many as 86 million internal climate migrants


As climate stressors worsen, a rising number of people will be forced to flee their countries, because of climate change and other weather events. These groups are defined as ‚climate refugees; ‚environmental or eco-refugees and are people who cannot gain access to adequate water and wastewater services to secure livelihoods and health in their countries. Adding to the climate crisis, environmental migrants are not legally considered refugees according to international refugee law, however, is a major cause of population displacement.


In times of drought, the lack of access to safe water can kill as many people as armed conflict can and that’s why it’s important to use systems that are geared toward a sustainability with robust designs to ensure the longevity of the projects implemented. Beyond limiting access to water and damaging water resource ecosystems, the economic devastation and social deterioration that water poverty has, further exacerbates Southern Africa’s water management and supply issues.


MEB solutions can be found in many countries with high rates of poverty and climate related disasters. We pride ourselves with helping forgotten communities combat the effects of drought and infrastructure failure, by implementing decentralised reuse-based effluent, sea and brackish water treatment solutions that increase economic efficiency, decrease environmental impact, and increase social sustainability and stability.


Climate change and conflict can potentially disrupt water systems that are crucial to environmental and human wellbeing, and we have a portfolio of outstanding solutions that prepare even the remotest of communities for a water and energy resilient future.


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