FOREAU : Strengthen civil society involvement in the management of the Niger Basin
06 April 2012 | News story
Organized by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and the Regional Coordination of Users of the Basin (CRUBN), the second Regional Forum of Actors and Users of Water of the Niger Basin (FOREAU) was held in Sélingué, Mali from February 22th to 24th, 2012
About one hundred participants (users, local elected officials, national coordination of users, executives staff of the NBA, partners) gathered to discuss the achievements, issues and perspectives related to an efficient and effective involvement of civil society in the management of the basin and its natural resources.
IUCN was represented at this forum to share the experiences and achievements of the Global Water Initiative in terms of learning and innovation for better governance of reservoirs.
Six years after its first edition in Fada N'Gourma in Burkina Faso, the FOREAU helped come up with consensual proposals for the coming months, especially based on Annex No.1 of the NBA's Water Charter recently adopted at the last Council of Ministers in September 2011.
Mayors of municipalities affected by dams meet network
On the sidelines of the 2nd Regional Forum of Actors and Users of Water of the Niger Basin (FOREAU) organized by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) in Sélingué in Mali, the mayors of 14 councils affected by existing dams (Lagdo Kompienga) or directly concerned by new projects on the River Niger (Kandadji, Taoussa and Fomi) met to sign a decentralized and twinning cooperation agreement.
The countries concerned at the moment are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. This alliance aims to create a network to share experiences and consider greater involvement of local elected officials in processes of implementing and managing large hydraulic structures.
This initiative was proposed by the Regional Coordination of Users of the Niger Basin (CRUBN) with the financial and technical assistance of the Global Water Initiative through its GWI-Dams component (IUCN/IIED).
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