Located on the Sahel, an ecological transition zone between the Sahara and the coast, Mali receives practically no rain throughout most of the year. The US Embassy updated its landscape strategy to reinforce its diplomatic efforts and to underscore the importance of water conservation to the region. To assist in this effort, we evaluated weather patterns and quantified water availability to existing usage. Matching input to output gave us exact requirements on which to develop a water-sensitive landscape plan. Eliminating turf, reducing formal gardens and using native plants resulted in an 80% reduction in irrigation water usage.