Framework for the implementation of the IWRM approach in Niger

Niger is a Sahelian country, which faces several major challenges. These mutually reinforce each other to aggravate the already precarious socio-economic situation of the country. Thus, we note the persistence of the effects of climate change, the challenges related to the problems of regional insecurity in the Sahel, leading in particular to massive displacements of populations and disturbances in the implementation of sectoral policies.

Accelerated urbanisation and population growth are leading to high levels of poverty in rural and urban areas.

The implementation of IWRM is in its start-up phase. The main constraints can be summarised as follows:

  • The non-operationalisation of level 2 (UGE) defined by the legislative framework. Within the framework of the implementation of PANGIRE Niger, the sub-basins are retained for the territorial approach.
  • The sustainable financing of bodies.
  • The lack of a coordination framework for the main implementation partners.

In the exchanges, an important point of difference was highlighted in terms of the size of the territory between the two countries. Indeed, the surface area of Niger is a little more than 4 times that of Burkina Faso, which is a fact to put into perspective.