Mali government mobilizes to save the Niger River in bad state

On 26 December 2017, the Malian Minister of Energy and Water, Malick Alhousseini, opened a three-day workshop to inform and sensitize stakeholders on the state of the Niger River. Organized by the Department of Energy and Water in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Sanitation and Sustainable Development, the workshop aims to inform and sensitize all water stakeholders on the state of the Niger River and the current year's hydrological deficit.

Faced with the deficit of the flood of 2017 and the early onset of the recession in the different upper basins, it was considered necessary to organize a framework for informing decision-makers and stakeholders about the worrying situation of the hydrological deficit in order to explore ways and means of dealing with the emergency food needs of populations. In order to reverse the trend, the Minister says, it is necessary to move towards a framework of sustainable management of our resources that brings together all the actions that contribute to keeping the river in a state that allows it to play all its ecosystem functions. This refection workshop is organized to have fruitful exchanges and constructive debates between the actors to identify concrete actions for a sustainable management of the Niger River and all other water resources, says Malcik Alhousseini.

The workshop lasted 3 days from 26 to 28 December and CWP Mali took part in the reflection.