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It is co-funded by the     ADF Funds of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), NBA member countries, the Executive Secretariat and beneficiary populations. It was designed to meet the serious sustainable development problems facing the natural resources, notably the silting of the Niger basin threatening all the basin’s agroforestry and pastoral productions. Its first phase started in 2005 for a period of five years and ended on 31st December 2012. The total budget of the Programme is of about CFAF 22,907,271,460.
The Programme includes three main components: (A) the Development of a Silting Control Master Plan for the entire Niger Basin; (B) Institutional capacity building for both NBA and its member countries; (C) priority protection and silting control actions in three countries (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger).
The implementation of the first phase helped to claim and restore, on a participatory basis, 38,100 hectares of degraded land for 34,720 hectares planned, contributing thus in obtaining environmental advantages globally through the conduct of local actions based on land and water integrated management strategies, which helped in making changes to sectoral policies and actions while promoting sustainable development. It also helped in developing and adopting a Regional Silting Control Master Plan for the entire basin, together with an Investment Programme and an Action Plan integrated in the Niger Basin Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP) which was adopted by Heads of State and Government, and building the capacities of more than 164 NBA and member countries’ executives and technicians in designing and monitoring projects and programmes.

The 1st phase of the Programme ended on 31st December 2012, with the effective achievement of more than 100% of the expected results and the full attainment of all major indicators. In addition, some of the physical, environmental and socioeconomic effects and impacts of the Programme are visible both at the level of NBA and on the field. The WAEMU Commission is financing a 2013-2015 Action Plan estimated at CFAF 2,635,875,000 so as to consolidate those important gains achieved during the Phase 1. This raises the total budget of the Programme being implemented to CFA F 25,542,271,460.
Considering the results and gains of this first pilot phase, a much more important Programme covering all the nine (09) NBA member countries is being developed. It is called Programme for Integrated Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger Basin (PIDACC/NB). A concept note has already been developed and submitted to the other NBA partners. The Programme was designed based on the conclusions of the Niger Basin Silting Control Master Plan adopted by the NBA Heads of State and Government.
This shows, sufficiently enough, the involvement of the Highest Authorities in this noble and exalting mission, which consists in “controlling the degradation of the ecosystems in the Basin, regenerating degraded lands, protecting biodiversity which is of global importance, increasing agricultural production, combating poverty and  strengthening the resilience of populations to  climate changes.”

Project Coordinator: Colonel Seyni Seydou