Towards socially just and economically viable dams in West Africa: World Water Week 2015
A GWI West Africa event at World Water Week in late August shared lessons learned about dams in West Africa.
The annual World Water Week in Stockholm focuses on a wide range of issues relating to water across the globe. This year's theme was 'Water for development'.
The five-day conference culminated with a call to climate negotiators to ensure that water is thoroughly integrated in the global 2015 climate agreement.
GWI West Africa held a side event at World Water Week 2015, titled 'Towards socially just and economically viable dams in West Africa'. The event was designed to share some of the lessons learnt from our work in West Africa and exchange experiences with others from across the globe.
The speakers were:
- Nouradine Touré, Regional Coordination Group of Users of the Niger Basin (CRUBN)
- Mahamane Touré, Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS)
- Ibrahima Hathie, IPAR Senegal, GWI West Africa/IUCN
- Jérôme Koundouno and Jamie Skinner, GWI West Africa/IIED
You can watch presentations from this event on GWI West Africa's SlideShare site (please note that some of the presentations are in French):
- Planification économique et sociale réaliste dans le développement de barrages pour l'irrigation en Afrique de l'Ouest
- Safeguarding rights and sharing benefits: governance considerations around dams in West Africa, and
- Les barrages à buts multiples en Afrique de l'Ouest – contexte et enjeux
Jamie Skinner also spoke on a panel for a workshop on 'Water as a driver for sustainable development and poverty eradication' and presented findings from GWI West Africa's work. His presentation focused on how 'The right to water for agriculture in West Africa requires secure land rights'.
A video of GWI West Africa's media briefing at World Water Week can be viewed below or on GWI West Africa's YouTube channel:
For more information, see GWI West Africa at World Water Week 2015.