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ECOWAS The establishment of a regional water observatory

August 2011- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) received a € 411,000 grant for a study to establish a regional water observatory to contribute the improvement of water sector performance.  The observatory would help strengthen political will on common water management policy amongst ECOWAS member countries, and promote the convergence of national policy outlook and strategy framework to facilitate joint action on transboundary water resources management.

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OMVG-Integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the Kayanga Geba River Basin

January 2009 - The Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Gambie (OMVG) received €1.6 million grant to reinforce its capacities to implement sustainable management of shared water resources based on an IWRM approach. This entails building OMVG’s capacities through staff training, the rehabilitation and extension of its hydrological observation network, the establishment of a cooperation framework for the management of water resources. The project will also bring support for the development of irrigation in the basin area located in Guinea-Bissau.

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National water sector reform

April 2010 - The Government of Gambia received a €2 million grant to finance the implementation of national water sector reforms. The project aims at supporting the introduction of a supportive legal and institutional environment for integrated water resources management (IWRM), developing IWRM strategies, and strengthening and improving data and information systems. This will also facilitate provision of water supply and sanitation at country level in order to achieve the MDGs as well as the African Water Vision.

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