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Modeling and a strengthened decision-making process to help the ecosystem of the Niger basin
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 08:16

On International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction 2020, we turn our focus on the recent floods witnessed in Niger. Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) advocates for creating a cohesive governance mechanism to mitigate the impact of climate change by empowering institutions and making evidence-based decisions.
Enhancing Niger Basin’s ecosystem through modeling and improved decision making
The Niger River – a source of life and hope – can be destructive if not properly managed as the August floods in Niger and Mali show as it can have damaging consequences, especially on the communities living on the edge of the river. Today, largely unregulated in its upper and central sections, the river is the third-longest in Africa. Large investments are ongoing in Guinea, Mali, and Niger.
Given its transboundary nature and its critical role for the region’s socio-economic development, cooperation between riparian countries is key and will be even more critical once the new dams are built. The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) needs to be ready when this time comes.

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