GWP to collaborate with CILSS on Sahel Irrigation Initiative

GWP West Africa took part in the fourth (4th) meeting of the Sahel Irrigation Initiative Programme (SIIP) which is Worlb Bank funded initiative supported by the Permanent Inter-State committee to fight Drought in the Sahel (CILSS). The meeting took place on 3 to 5 February 2015 in Dakar, Senegal. GWP is a member of the task force and the topics for discussion of this 4th meeting were important for GWP's participation.

GWP WAF is particularly interested that the thematic era « Water resources and irrigation management » of the the project document takes into account all major challenges including ground water resources that will be used and impacted by the project. GWP-WAF wants also to get Country Water Partnerships (CWP) included in national comities that will be set up in the countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad) by the project.
Many issues were raised during the meeting and participants were informed of the evolutions in the initiatives. The feedbacks raised among others the fact that the environmental impact issue should be taken into account in all thematic areas.