The Niger River Basin covers an area of 2.13 million km2 and is home to over 130 million people in nine countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria.

Over 70% of the population live in areas where food security depends on unreliable rainfall and highly variable inter-and intra-annual river flows while at the same time, agriculture uses 85% of freshwater withdrawals in the Niger basin. While progress is being made within the basin, 30% of the population still do not have access to an improved water source, 75% do not have improved sanitation facilities and only 35% have access to electricity.

Increasing demand for water, energy and soil resources, and competing uses in the context of climate variability, population growth, political instability and a complex web of governance levels constitute a major challenge for balanced resource planning.

Water infrastructure (multi-purpose) is considered by the riparian countries of the Niger River as particularly crucial for improving the quality of life in the region. The WEF Nexus approach can provide an appropriate framework to design policies to holistically attain these development objectives by seeking efficiency of resource use.

Emphasis is specifically placed on:

• the improved interactions between key sectors (i.e. water, energy, agriculture, and environment),

• hydropower development using multi-purpose infrastructure

• irrigation to increase crop production and food security

• navigation development to enhance commerce and development and environmental protection;

• and protection of ecosystems.

The Nexus approach is increasingly acknowledged in the region and fostered by relevant organizations involved in transboundary cooperation such as the Niger Basin authority.

Title Region Niger
event 21 Apr 2020

Nexus Blog // Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the MENA Region in Beirut

On the 3rd and 4th March of 2020, a workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the MENA Region took place in Beirut, where the Nexus Regional…

event 14 Apr 2020

Nexus Blog // Un voyage d'étude au centre Songhaï de Porto Novo au Bénin

Une délégation composée de plusieurs représentants des parties prenantes dans la région du bassin du Niger a récemment entrepris un voyage d'étude au…

event 14 Apr 2020

Nexus Blog // A study trip to Songhai center of Porto Novo in Benin

A delegation of various stakeholders of the Niger Basin area undertook a study trip to the Songhai center in Benin, a model training center dedicated…

event 04 Oct 2019

Policy Brief // Water, Peace and Security Mali Policy brief August 2019 by Wetlands International

Water infrastructure must be ‘conflict-sensitive’ and coordinated between ministries representative of all stakeholders if future escalation of…

event 14 Feb 2019

Un Nexus pour les Organismes de Bassin au Sahel // Comparaison multisectorielle : OMVS - CBLT - ABN

Par Luca Ferrini (Représentant Dialogues Mondiaux NEXUS (Eau-Energie-Sécurité Alimentaire) dans le Bassin du Niger) et Lucia Benavides. Cet article…

event 14 Feb 2019

A Nexus for Basin Organisations in the Sahel // Multisectoral comparison: OMVS - LCBC - NBA

By Luca Ferrini (Project Manager, Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme Niger Basin) and Lucia Benavides. This article provides a comparative analysis…

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