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The Niger River is one of the most important economic pillars of the nine member countries of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA). The Basin is populated by approximately 160 million people, 85% of whom live in rural areas where food security and social well-being depend directly on the natural resources.
Faced with the extent of the phenomena of degradation of the natural resources of the basin and to provide a solution, the Heads of State and Government of the basin have, by decision No. 2 of the 11th Summit held on Friday, January 8th, 2016 in Cotonou, Benin, decided of the create a fund called the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Fund (RCCAF) and a payments for environmental services (PES) mechanism in the Niger Basin.
Still in this dynamic of providing a coherent and sustainable response to these issues, the ABN has developed a number of the strategic documents including the Operational and Investment Plans for the Strengthening of Resilience to Climate Change of the Basin (OIP/SRC).
As part of the implementation of the (OIP/SRC), the NBA has initiated, with its technical and financial partners, namely the African Development Bank (AfDB), a Regional Program called " Program Integrated for Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger Basin (PIDACC/NB). It is the first Program of the IPC with the establishment and operationalization of a Regional Climate Change Adaptation Fund and the Payments for Eenvironmental Services (RCCAF/PES) mechanism in the Niger Basin as a major indicator.

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“2023 will be a pivotal year for PIDACC in Benin” WOROU WARA Adamou, National Coordinator of PIDACC/NB in Benin
Strengthening the resilience of the ecosystems and populations affected by climate change in the Niger River Basin in Benin is the objective of the Program Integrated for Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger River Basin. More than two years after its official launch by the African Development Bank, the Government of Benin and the Niger Basin Authority, we went to meet the National Manager of the program in Benin.

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Execution of mechanical ravine treatment of the works in the municipalities of the Bembèrèkè, Kalalé and Karimama

The pressures exerted on the soils and on the vegetation have had negative consequences on the productivity of the soils, which has greatly decreased, reaching worrying proportions in the Niger basin and more particularly in the Benin portion. The main causes of this situation are essentially due to climatic variations aggravated by the systems of production and exploitation of the natural resources with little concern of their regeneration (uncontrolled clearing, stump removal, overexploitation of the soils, excessive use of the chemical fertilizers, etc.).

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FRACC National Workshop Benin

The venue of the Sun Beach Hotel in Fidjrossè was the setting for a national workshop on Thursday  February 2nd, 2023. Having brought together several actors and managers of water and mines, this workshop was a consultation on the operationalization of the regional climate change adaptation fund (RCCAF/PES) in the Niger Basin. According to the National Coordinator of the Programme Integrated and Adaptation Climate Change, Adamou WOROU WARA, this national workshop is in line with decision N°2 of the 11th Summit of Heads of State held in Cotonou on January 8th, 2016. The said decision concerns the financing of the operational plan of the Niger Basin and the establishment of the regional climate change adaptation fund.

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NewsMagazine of PIDACC N°0001- April 2022

The Niger River Basin, shared by nine (9) West and Central African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad), is of great importance capital for the local populations and the economies of the member countries of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA). The aridification of the climate and the decrease in flows have occurred for several decades, locally associated with land pressure, have strongly contributed the generalized degradation of the natural resources and ecosystems, the worsening of water and wind erosion as well as than to the silting up of the Niger River. These phenomena, amplified from year to year by recurrent droughts, weaken the living conditions of the populations and the biodiversity of the basin as well as the survival of the river, whose functioning is sometimes completely disrupted by floods or severe low water levels. The methodological approach to deal with climate change and variability in the Niger Basin respected all stages of the development of decision-making tools, from the diagnostic report to the operationalization plan. And this, through an iterative and participatory process.

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