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International Pact for better management of national and transboundary basins

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This pact call for the commitment of governments, international organizations and all actors of the water field (particularly basin organizations) for a better management of national and transboundary basins.

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Sadieau project: strengthening information management capacity in Africa

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Knowledge gaps are significant in Africa, and it is a real issue since developing knowledge on water resources and management is crucial to improve water governance. That is why the idea of creating a continental information system came to life.

The African system of information and documentation on water (Système Africain de Documentation et d’Information sur l’Eau –SADIEau) aims to strengthen information management capacity of organizations of the water sectors, in order to facilitate knowledge, experiences and information sharing between water professionals, local and national governments and communities at a panafrican level.

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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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China Europe Water Platform

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This solution consists in providing the water sectors in each region (EU and China) with a framework for dialogue, exchange of best practices and collaboration. It will help both parties to find how to properly manage water resources and achieve a sustainable social and economic development while protecting the water environment.

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Case study: France’s promotion of inland navigation at national level.

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It consists in replicating at national and european levels intiatives such as the one the French Ministry of Ecology lead in its country. The Ministry relaunched the inland navigation sector through different channels.

Legally, the Grenelle I law gave incentives to develop inland navigation, seen a a cheaper, more reliable and environmentally-friendly than other modes of transport (on average, inland navigation pollute and consume energy about four times less than road freight transport).

Policies focused on technical aspects, such as modernization programmes on infrastructures, network junctions, dry docks, and services.

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