Sustainable management of water resources: The Niger Basin Authority to review its 2022 action plan

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C’est l’objectif de la session 2021 du Comité régional de pilotage des projets et programmes de cette institution, ouverte ce 13 septembre 2021 à Yaoundé par le Représentant du Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Jean TCHOFFO, en présence du Secrétaire Exécutif de l’Autorité du Bassin du Niger, Abderahim Bireme Hamid.

Following Niamey in November 2020, Yaoundé hosted from 12 to 17 September 2021, the 2021 session of the Regional Steering Committee (CRP) of the 9 Member States of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and two regional workshops, one of which is on the validation of Annex 5 of the Water Charter on works of common interest and the other relating to the validation of the staff status of the institution. These meetings aimed at reviewing 2021 results and appraising the 2022 action plan of the following projects and programmes: the Project for the development of water resources and sustainable management of ecosystems in the Niger basin, the Groundwater Management Support Project, the NBA Support Project with the NEXUS and FREXUS components, the “IIIumeden-Taoudeni/Tanezrouft Aquifer System” Project, as well as the Integrated Development and Climate Cghange Adaption Programme.

Participants also discussed the construction projects of certain structural dams, such as Fomi (Guinea Conakry), Kandadji (Niger) and Taoussa (Mali), as well as the functional dams of Lagdo (Cameroon), Jebba (Niger) and Kainji (Nigeria). By opening the session on behalf of the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Territorial Development, Jean Tchoffo, Secretary General of said ministry, called on participants to build on the lessons learned from the implementation of ongoing projects, and thus improve the resilience of populations to climate change while raising their standard of living.

As regards the regional workshop for the validation of Annex 5 of the Water Charter on works of common interest, the Charter was reviewed to achieve a consensual agreement between the national focal structures and the representatives of the States. This draft document was submitted to all the NBA member states for discussion of its content and to collect the proposals of the experts of each country.

Finally, concerning the regional validation workshop for the revised status of NBA staff, it was envisaged during this session, a presentation of the audit report on the analysis of the staff status with a view to its adoption. The shortcomings identified in the current by-laws dating from 2005 had to be corrected, in order to adapt this by-laws to the new orientations of the institution.

Created in 1964, the Niger Basin Authority is an African intergovernmental organisation bringing together 9 States, namely Cameroon, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad. It aims to promote cooperation between these States and ensure the integrated development of the Niger basin.