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Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers

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In preparation of the 5th World Water Forum held in Istanbul in 2009,  the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and its partners have developed a Handbook on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at basin level. The book gave clear guidelines for each and every step that has to be taken in order to effectively implement a water management taking into account all uses and all users (including the environment) at the most relevant scale: the basin level.

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Common large hydraulic infrastructure shared between countries

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Transboundary basins often face issues of large hydraulic infrastructures (large dams, water diversions or transfers). The transboundary impacts of such structures often leads to cooperation deadlocks, if not of open conflicts, between countries within a same basin. However, these structures can also become drivers of regional economic integration and sustainable development, especially for agriculture, energy and transport.

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Diffusion of the key performance indicators for IWRM developed for the Africa region

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Since 2007, the International Office for Water (IOWater) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) are developing performance indicators for the assessment of African Transboundary Basin Organizations (TBOs).

 

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ECOWAS initiatives for the sound development of dams

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In Africa and West Africa in particular, there is a need of large hydraulic infrastructures for the development of irrigation, access to energy and more broadly the general improvement of incomes and way of life. Such infrastructures are crucial for economic development and integration of the region. However, they can also be destructive if their realization doesn’t take into account environmental and social aspects, and if it is made without concertation through transboundary basin organization in order not to jeopardize upstream/downstream relationship.

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Green / grey infrastructures and African transboundary basin organizations

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Each of the transboundary basin organizations (TBOs) targeted by this project (ABN-Niger, ABV-Volta, CICOS-Congo, OMVS-Senegal, MRC-Mekong and ECOWAS Water Resources coordination Center) can put forward specific experiences potentially beneficial to the others, in particular experiences related to green and grey infrastructures.

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