27.10.2011 -

Regional Consultation on Global Water Partnership for West Africa. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 27-28 October 2011

The Regional Water Partnership for West Africa (GWP / WA) and a number of partners launched a "regional dialogue on the concerted management of groundwater in West Africa."  The overall objective of the dialogue was to induce an effective consideration of groundwater in national and regional water management policies (States, regional integration organizations, river basin organizations), by paying particular attention to transboundary aquifers.

Under UNESCO Nairobi Office, 2 participants were sponsored to attend a workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 25 to 28 October to participate in the Regional Consultation Workshop – Dialogue on the Concerted management of Groundwater in West Africa.

The meeting was organized by the Regional Water Partnership for West Africa (GWP/WA) in collaboration with several organisations and institutions including UNESCO. About 60 participants representing all stakeholders involved in the use and management of groundwater resources (national and regional water Authorities, decision makers, groundwater specialists, NGOs and financial institutions) related to arid zones attended the meeting. Presentations were followed by discussions which highlighted the strength and weaknesses of the groundwater management in West Africa. There were five thematic issues identified as follows: knowledge; socioeconomic aspects, irrigation and climatic changes; dialogue and communication; management and institutional aspects; building capacities.  These were discussed in four working groups. The main objectives of the working groups were to review the major issues and to provide a roadmap to challenge them.

The Regional Consultation Workshop – Dialogue on the Concerted management of Groundwater in West Africa gave an opportunity to build a vision for a better management of West Africa groundwater resources through the involvement of all stakeholders.

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