IUCN organized a regional preparation and training workshop for civil society actors of the 5 major water basins of the region (the Niger, Senegal, Gambia, Volta and Mano) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from January 17th, to 19th, 2011. It follows activities already carried out, including the electronic forum and the Nouakchott and Sélingué forums, and brought together representatives from 15 West African countries. Participants were able to discuss about and share ideas on the conclusions and recommendations of previous meetings. They also received training on advocacy techniques that will help them to put forth the concerns of civil society in multi-actor forums that are open to them. A total of 7 avenues of concrete recommendations were made to participate actively in the development by ECOWAS of a future Directive on the management of large dams in West Africa. A positioning and participation strategy in regional workshops that followed, organized by WRCC in the basins on January 20th, 24th and 27th respectively in Ouagadougou, Niamey and Dakar was prepared. These meetings brought together states, basin agencies and civil society, to make adjustments to the recommendations of the panel of independent experts, which will be validated, after incorporating modifications, at a regional workshop slated for the month of May.

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WRCC organised three workshops in partnership with the basin authorities, countries and West African civil society in order to present the details of the recommendations of the panel and to gather and address relevant comments from participants. This will result in a set of consensus recommendations to be adopted by ECOWAS (after validation planned in May) in the form of a regional Directive. The workshops were organised in three steps as shown below :

  • 20 January 2011 for the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) in Ouagadougou
  • 24 January 2011 for the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) in Niamey
  • 27 January 2011 for the Senegal, Mano and Gambia basin authorities (OMVS/OMVG/MRU) in Dakar

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WRCC organized a regional workshop in Ouagadougou on 12 – 13 July 2011 to present the following documents before their official approval at the next session of the Comité Technique des Experts of ECOWAS in November:

  • Guidelines for the sustainable development of water infrastructure in West Africa (icon  (543.76 KB))
  • Evaluation of and discussion on priority works project in the ECOWAS region (icon  (765.22 KB))

The participants were the members of the Comité Technique des Experts (focal points from countries and basin organizations), CRCRE President, two members of the independent panel, three representatives of civil society and partner institutions.
Final report of the meeting to download (icon  (100.01 KB))