National workshop for the dissemination and ownership of ECOWAS water infrastructures guidelines in Côte d’Ivoire

The ECOWAS Water Resources Coordination Center and IUCN have organized on 1 and 2 October 2015 in Abidjan a national workshop on the dissemination and appropriation of the guidelines for the development of water infrastructure in West Africa. The workshop brought together twenty participants from the National Assembly, technical ministries and civil society, having a direct interest in the application of the guidelines. CWP Ivory Coast (PNECI) was represented by its Chair, Mr. Koffi N'DRI and KOUADIO Francis, the Executive Secretary.

The workshop's overall objective is to contribute to the promotion of good practice at national and cross-border level in the construction and management of large hydraulic infrastructures, through the engagement of stakeholders.

Specifically, the workshop aimed at informing national and local actors on the outputs of the regional dialogue and discussing the relevance of their declination in each country. It aimed at discussing and finding the best conditions of declination and local application guidelines and the draft ECOWAS directives. Issues related to integrating the guidelines and the draft ECOWAS Directive in the national regulations, policies and practices the development of water infrastructure across the country and across borders were also discussed.

In the recommendations made at the end of the workshop the CWP Ivory Coast is in charged of making the advocacy with the Government for taking decrees for implementing IWRM.