The Sub-Saharan Africa’s Urban Water Blueprint assessed the potential for watershed conservation to benefit cities, rural livelihoods and nature across 30 large cities in Sub-Saharan Africa that are primarily dependent on surface water supply. One in every five residents of these cities may face water security risks due to highly impaired water quality. The report found that 28 cities could improve their water security by investing in conservation activities such as forest protection and good farming practices, which could benefit more than 80 million people. For half of the 30 cities, the resulting benefits for improved water quality could offset the costs of conservation activities through reduced water treatment expenses. What’s more, the source watersheds for 13 cities also overlap with some of TNC's highest priority areas for wildlife habitat. Click here to read the report or learn more about water funds in Africa.