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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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Nile Basin Authority support for Niger HYCOS project

October 2006 - The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) received a € 1,2 million grant to collect reliable, quality hydrological data and information on the Niger River Basin for more effective management by NBA and Member Countries of the water resources. This project is particularly important to improve planning and development activities.

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Programme Intégré de Développement Agricole et d’Adaptation au Changement Climatique dans Le Bassin Du Niger (Pidaacc/BN) : Etudes Préliminaires des Infrastructures à Buts Multiples

1.1. Le fleuve Niger dont le bassin est partagé par neuf (9) États d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, Mali, Niger, Nigeria et Tchad), revêt une importance capitale pour les populations riveraines et les économies des pays membres de l’Autorité du Bassin du Niger (ABN); il remplit de multiples fonctions vitales tant pour l’alimentation en eau que pour le développement de nombreuses activités économiques (agriculture, élevage, sylviculture, pêche, industrie, mines, énergie, navigation, tourisme, artisanat…).

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Promoting the integrated and joint management of water resources of the Iullemeden, Taoudeni/Tanezrouft aquifer systems and the Niger River

December 2009 - the Executive Secretariat of the Sahara-Sahel Observatory (OSS) received a €1.2 million grant to finance the integrated and concerted water resources management of the aquifer systems of Iullemeden, Taoudeni/Tanezrouft and the Niger River.  The objective of the project is to significantly improve the concerted and sustainable management of water resources of transboundary aquifer systems and the Niger River, thereby improving the living conditions and access to water by the 25 million inhabitants living in the project area.

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