This brief introduces the concept of climate information and reasons for its use in major decisions about water, energy and agriculture, including new infrastructure investments. It outlines the innovative approach taken in the Rufiji River basin in Tanzania by the UMFULA research team of the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme to assess trade-offs between plans for water use in the energy, agriculture and environment sectors in order to identify adaptation options that are robust and resilient in the face of climate change. A second brief will show the results of the analysis. The brief is designed to inform programmes, donors, and government decision-makers who need to make similar assessments.

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