The national workshop, which brought together more than 80 participants, was organised with the financial support of the European Union. At the end of this meeting, which ended on 3 March 2023, the Government of Niger officially confirmed its wish to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, more commonly known as the Water Convention.
Niger shares 90% of its water resources with neighbouring countries. Rapidly increasing demand due to population growth, increased urbanisation, increased irrigated agriculture and industrialisation are placing increased challenges on these shared resources. Moreover, these challenges have been exacerbated by persistent drought and have led to greater dependence on groundwater resources. Effective cross-border cooperation can help address these challenges. In this regard, Niger has signed several agreements on its shared water resources. Niger is notably a member of the Niger Basin Authority and the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
The Chair of CWP Niger, Dr. Yahaya NAZOUMOU and the Mekrou phase 2 project officer, Mr. Sani Abdou ADAMOU represented GWP-WA at this workshop. Dr. NAZOUMOU was a member of a discussion panel.