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Dialogue on large water infrastructures in West Africa

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In West Africa, the construction of large water infrastructures is top of the agenda and many dams are foreseen for the future.  Within ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States (15 countries, 300 million inhabitants), the role of the Water Resource Coordination Center (WRCC) is to help member states to better manage water resources and to develop sustainable projects that can be useful for the economy of the region.

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WASH Integration to enhance Food Security

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In Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, CARE and Winrock will seek to establish links between food security and WASH, and then use learning to identify opportunities for integrating WASH and MUS within existing food security initiatives. In Ghanan and Mali, In Ghana and Mali, CARE and Winrock will coordinate with UNICEF being a lead learning and convening organization in these two countries. 

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The French Global Environment Facility support to the Volta Basin Authority: creation of an observatory of water resources and associated environments

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Although 19 million people live in the Volta basin and largely depend on its resources for their livelihoods, no basin organization was in place to effectively manage its resources until January 2007. On that date, a convention was adopted by the riparian States, creating the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) and defining the legal status of the river.

 

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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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