Reversing land and water degradation trends in the Niger River Basin


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Reversing land and water degradation trends in the Niger River Basin


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Total: $7,000,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility (GEF)


2004 - 2010



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The objective of the project is to support the nine riparian countries of the Niger River Basin in their efforts to work together to assure the sustainable development and management of the basin's land and water resources, including protection of its unique drylands environment and associated biodiversity. The nine riparian countries that share the basin (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad) are all signatories to the Convention that led to the creation of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA). This nine-country, five-year, single-phase, US$ 13 million GEF-funded Project, with joint implementation support by UNDP and the World Bank, will engage stakeholders at the local, national and regional levels to ensure that activities occur at the appropriate levels following the principle of subsidiarity for environmental management.

The Project development objective is, to provide the nine riparians an opportunity to define a transboundary framework for the sustainable development of the Niger River Basin, through strengthened capacity and better understanding of the Basin’s land and water resources. The development objective’s achievement will be monitored through the following results indicators: i) an institutional and management system established and operational for the Project; ii) enhanced local, national capacity and increased awareness of the challenges and issues in the Basin; iii) improved regional, national, local data and information management, and increased dialogue and exchange within and between riparians; iv) regional linkages and networks established and operational; v) demonstration pilot projects applied, validated and packaged for scaling-up and microgrant program executed and documented; and vi) the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Plan (SAP) completed and disseminated.

The six project components, the component allocation, and the Implementing Agency (IA) support for the components are summarized below:

  • Component 1: Institution Building (USD 3.52 million, Bank implementation support): The component activities augment existing regional and national institutional capacity to manage and implement concurrent regional projects, and focus on strengthening the regional and national institutional capacity, to promote good management practices and good governance.
  • Component 2: Capacity Building and Public Awareness (USD 1.62 million, UNDP implementation support): The component activities are designed to raise environmental awareness in target communities, facilitate consultations, and build capacity on issues relating to environmental management at the local, national and regional levels.
  • Component 3: Data and Knowledge Management (USD 1.13 million, Bank implementation support): To complement the ongoing work on water and environment data collection that is being done in the Basin’s countries, the component will evaluate the status of the Basin’s hydrologic, environmental, and socioeconomic data, and identify the institutional modalities needed for data collection, sharing and dissemination for decision-makers.
  • Component 4: Regional Forum (USD 0.38 million, UNDP implementation support): This component will facilitate the exchange of lessons and good practices from other regional projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, expand on IW:Learn, and strengthen the relationship with existing pan-African and international networks of Basin organizations, such as the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD/Sub-Regional Action Program), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Water Sector Coordination Unit, etc.
  • Component 5: Demonstration Pilots and Microgrant Program. (USD 5.0 million, UNDP implementation support): This component aims to support two paralleling efforts in all nine Basin countries. The first assists communities in tackling environmental problems, through the implementation of nine priority demonstration pilots. This will demonstrate good practices in managing land and water resources.
  • Component 6: TDA and SAP Preparation (USD 1.35 million, Bank implementation support): The component activities will finalize the preliminary TDA conducted during Project preparation in the main stem countries (Benin, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria) by extending the diagnostic analysis process to the remaining four riparian countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad and Côte d’Ivoire). Through, and on the basis of, this extended priority identification process, countries will prepare a SAP, coordinated by NBA. The SAP will focus on the land and water issues and complement the Niger Basin’s Shared Vision’s multi-sectoral Sustainable Development Action Plan.

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See also

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  2. Support for the Protection of River Niger and the fight against pollution and pollutants in town I of the District of Bamako
  3. Senegal River Basin Water and Environmental Management Project
  4. Micro Dam creation in the rural community of Bolo in the Fouta Basin
  5. Installation of Solar Pumps, Mali
  6. Initiative to support the fight against POPs and preservation of the River Niger through the protection of natural Koflatyé collector in municipality V of the District of Bamako
  7. Improving access to potable water to communities of Monzombiena.
  8. Improved coverage of access to drinking water in the rural commune Kolokani, in the circle Kolokani
  9. Fight against pollution of the River Niger
  10. Drinking water supply in the village Mandin-Coro through the construction of a large diameter well
  11. Digging of a large diameter well in Sanankorobougou in the commune Moutougoula
  12. Digging Wells Project, Mali
  13. Development of a large diameter well in the village of Djiangoufing, rural community of Gouadougou
  14. Construction of a large well in the village of Gadiaba Mbomoyaabees
  15. Consolidation of the dam filter of Tinkélé
  16. Completion of drilling in the village Ngolofala, in the cirle Kati
  17. Community Management of a large well, Mali
  18. Adduction of the drinking water supply in Kossouma, a rural town in Nema-Badenya Kafo, circle of Djenné
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  4. Provision of wells for the supply of potable water to the rural community of Gueskerou
  5. Provision of potable water to the rural community of Kahi Garin Jeji, Niger
  6. Provision of potable water to the rural community of Boula Aminami, Niger
  7. Project of the sinking of a modern type OFEDES well in the village Kagari
  8. Project of sinking a welland its management by the villagers of Tassaou Hausa in the rural commune Kantché
  9. Project for a drilling at Moidiodie- Leye in the rural village of Pignari.
  10. Improving access to water by sinking wells in the village of Garin Mallam, Zinder Region, Niger
  11. Improving access to safe drinking water in Mallam Boulamari village, Niger
  12. Improving access to safe drinking water by sinking modern OFEDE type wells in Teguessa village, Diffa Region
  13. Improving access to drinking water in the village of Mallam Boulamari, Niger
  14. Improvement of the access to water for the inhabitants of the village Afofo
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  16. Construction and management of latrines by the Hanzari female group in the village of Matankari, Niger
  17. Community management of the hippo population and and development of eco-tourism, Namaro, Niger
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