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International coordination workshop on research and development related to water issues in the Niger River Basin, May/June 2010

SPLASH and the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) jointly organised an international coordination workshop on research and development related to water issues in the Niger River Basin. This two day event took place on May 31st and June 1st 2010 in Niamey, Niger.

The general objective was to improve the linkages and communication between research institutions and development and management stakeholders in the Niger Basin, in order to increase the contribution of research results to achieving their shared vision of:

'The River Niger Basin, a common space of sustainable development through an integrated management of water resources and related eco-systems, for the enhancement of the living conditions and prosperity of the populations by 2025.'

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Secretary-General of the Ministry for Water, Environment and Fights Against Desertification, Mr. Issaka Issoufou. Also present were the NBA Executive Secretary, Mr Oyewole Ogunmola, EU representative, Mr Chantreuil, SPLASH project organizer, Dr Gil Mahé and the IRD representative for the Niger delegation, Dr Gilles Bezançon. Eighty participants attended the opening ceremony and 50 people took part in the working sessions.

Short presentation sessions were alternated with round table discussions. Three major topics were addressed: links between research and development; links between NBA and research; and existing connections between research and water management services. Recommendations have been addressed and concrete actions proposed to the NBA, the research community, and the Research and Development funders' community.

For further information, contact Gil Mahé: gil.mahe@msem.univ-montp2.fr.

SPLASH International coordination workshop, Niger

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