Burkina Faso aims for excellence in IWRM to achieve SDGs, the Forum

On October 12, 13 and 14, 2023, the Ministry of the Environment, Water and Sanitation organized the Forum on IWRM implementation in Burkina Faso. The event, held under the patronage of Burkina Faso's Prime Minister, brought together over 400 participants from all levels of IWRM implementation in the country.

Exchanges were held around four themes: the first concerned the "institutional and legal framework of IWRM in Burkina Faso", the 2nd the "financing of IWRM in Burkina Faso", the 3rd the "mobilization of stakeholders and practical implementation of water resource management activities in Burkina Faso" and the 4th the "national water information system (SNIEAU)".

It emerged from these three days of assessment that Burkina Faso, a pioneer of IWRM in West Africa, has made great strides with undeniable achievements. Despite its aspirations to excellence in this field, there are still a number of weaknesses to be addressed, all of which have been identified.

The closing ceremony was marked by the presentation of prizes to the authors of the best journalistic productions on IWRM.

In his closing speech, the Prime Minister praised the efforts of all those involved, and reiterated the political will that has kept Faso in the lead since the Ouagadougou Declaration of March 1998, in which the West African states adopted this approach to sustainable water management.

Mali and Niger were the two guest countries of honor at this conference on IWRM implementation.

GWP WA is both a member of the national organizing commission of the Forum and a member of the media awards jury.