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20 Water & Climate projects of the French water agencies for Africa




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The 6 French Water Agencies are public State institutions that provide technical and financial support for the design and implementation of policies promoting integrated water resource management (IWRM), in a context of adaptation to climate change, in France and worldwide.

They promote balanced and sustainable management of water resources and aquatic environments, drinking water supply, flood regulation and the sustainable development of economic activities on the scale of large river basins.

The water Agencies are members of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and participate in the organization and follow-up of many international cooperation activities on all continents.

In accordance with this commitment, the Water Agencies have been mobilized since the launching of the Initiative "100 Water and Climate Projects for Africa", within the One Planet Summit organized on 12 December 2017 in Paris by the President of the French Republic, the President of the World Bank and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

The water Agencies are committed to contributing over 5 years to the incubation or implementation of "20 Water & Climate projects", particularly in the Sahel, an arid and fragile region where the challenges of sustainable water management are crucial, in a context of particularly unfavourable climate change.


The French Water Agencies involved in Water and Climate Projects at the River Basin Level

The French Water Agencies regularly provide technical and financial support for the implementation of institutional cooperation projects. These consist in strengthening the legal and institutional frameworks of the organizations in charge of water resource management at the basin scale and in contributing to the improvement of governance and techniques for carrying out this mandate (monitoring and inventory of water resources, planning and implementation of action programmes, participatory management involving the users of the resource, etc.).

Within the framework of these projects, the French Water Agencies and their operators were able to identify in each basin of intervention the vulnerabilities to climate change and the measures that could be relevant to integrate for the incubation of water & climate projects in these territories (adaptation plan, Nature-based solutions, water saving programme, etc.).

The "20 Water & Climate projects" of the French Water Agencies are the result of this identification process.

The institutional cooperation actions of the French Water Agencies thus allow not only to improve integrated water resource management at basin level, but also to establish diagnoses and proposals for projects to fight against climate change!


A vast network of water stakeholders at the service of this initiative

As INBO Secretariat, IOWater coordinates the initiative of the 100 water & climate projects for Africa. Many partners joined the initiative, including the World Bank, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, UNESCO, the French Water Partnership, the French Development Agency, the Interdepartmental Syndicate for Sanitation of the Parisian Agglomeration or the French Fund for Global Environment.

As part of their commitment to "20 Water & Climate projects", the French Water Agencies are also mobilising their large French and international network of technical operators and financial partners (Compagnie d'Aménagement des Coteaux de Gascogne, Agrisud, International research and development centre, Beninese NGO, Research and Expertise Centre for Local Development, etc.).



Country Location Project title Financial partner
Niger Dallol Maouri, Dosso region in Niger Support for the emergence of adaptation projects and the development of integrated water resources management mechanisms in the Dallol Maouri pilot basin AESN.png
Benin Community of municipalities of coastal lagoons (CCLC) grouping the following 5 municipalities: Grand Popo, Comé, Kpomassé, Ouidah, Abomey-Calavi
Resilience to Climate Change for Vulnerable Inhabitants of Coastal Lagoons in upstream Mono
Burkina Faso Upstream part of the Upper Mouhoun river basin Reducing the impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems - upstream part of the Upper Mouhoun
Burkina Faso Nakanbé Water Agency competency area
Central Plateau region and surrounds
Wetlands Conservation, Autonomous Sanitation and Development of Agro-Ecology in the Nakanbé Basin
Burkina Faso Mid Nakanbé – Massili -Ziga sub-basin Water Resources Management on the Massili-Siga Basin
Cameroun  Mid Nakanbé – Massili -Ziga sub-basin Developing IWRM mechanisms in the Sanaga River Basin
Madagascar Central Highlands, in the Itasy, Upper Matsiatra and Vakinankaratra regions
Reducing the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems in the Central Highlands of Madagascar
Morocco Sebou basin – Fes-Meknes water table Safeguarding the Fes-Meknes Water Table
Morocco Souss Massa – Arghen Valley Improving the Resilience of rural Inhabitants by setting up Water Supply and Sanitation Services AERMC.png
Morocco Souss Massa – Tiout Oasis, Taroudant Province Preserving and Developing Oasis Heritage through Sustainable Agrotourism
Senegal   Somone Lagoon

Support to restore the Hydro-Sedimentary Balance of the Somone Lagoon in a context of Climate Change


Senegal  Senegal River basin Support to operationalise the Senegal River Quality Network by setting up a Durable, Interoperable Information System
Senegal  Senegal River basin Sharing Satellite Observations for Service Innovation in the Senegal River Basin


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