Niger Basin

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. Significant poverty levels and a high dependency on small-holder agricultural production persist in the region. Increasing demand for water, energy and soil resources, and competing uses in the context of climate variability, population growth and a complex web of governance levels (regional, basin, national and sub-national) constitute a major challenge for a 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. Emphasis is placed on hydroelectric and irrigation schemes, aiming at supplying electricity to major urban centres and promoting economic development and food security.

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Atelier Nexus à Bamako// Mieux structurer ce que nous savons déjà

Par Richard Sagno. L'atelier Nexus à Bamako les 2 et 3 mai 2018 a réuni plus de 40 professionnels pour discuter du Nexus et partager leur expérience d'un large éventail d'institutions et de projets. L'approche Nexus, c'était clair, permet de mieux fixer les priorités et de réduire les externalités indésirables.

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Nexus Workshop in Bamako // Better Structuring of What We Already Know

By Richard Sagno. The Nexus Workshop in Bamako on 2-3 May 2018 brought together more than 40 professionals to discuss the Nexus and share their experience from a wide range of institutions and projects. The Nexus approach, it was clear, allows for better priority setting and reduction of unwanted externalities.

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the Niger Basin

The aim of the project is to support the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and its member states to take a Nexus approach to the management of the basin. This entails looking at resources in the basin in a holistic manner and putting in place cross-sectoral policies and projects. The NBA has a clear Nexus mandate and already has instruments to implement this.

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Second Nexus Executive Steering Committee Meeting // Supporting Regions, Countries and Cities

By Isabel Pasternack, Susanne Schmeier and Tina Schmiers. The second Executive Steering Committee Meeting of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme took place in Brussels on the 1-2 Mar 2018. The general objective of the meeting was to present the outcomes and impacts of the activities within the different regional dialogues, to discuss challenges and common issues as well as to find entry points and synergies to improve and strengthen cooperation and collaboration among the different regions...

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and its on-the-ground operationalisation

Starting in 2014, GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started to implement Nexus Regional Dialogue activities. This included five regional dialogues and Nexus Resource Platform as faciliation and dissemination tool.

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Dialogue Nexus eau-énergie-sécurité alimentaire // Premier atelier régional de dialogue Nexus dans le bassin du Nigern

Par Luca Ferrini. Le premier atelier régional de dialogue Nexus eau-énergie-sécurité alimentaire dans le bassin du Niger a eu lieu à Niamey le 18 et 19 Octobre 2017. L’Atelier a été l’occasion pour lancer le dialogue régional NEXUS avec les structures focales de l’ABN et de la société civile, et mener une consultation sur les défis intersectoriels eau-énergie-agriculture-environnement existants à présent dans les neuf pays du bassin.

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Nexus Dialogues Workshop // The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Niger Basin

By Luca Ferrini. Increasing demand for water, energy and soil resources, and competing uses in the context of climate variability, population growth and a complex web of governance levels constitute a major challenge for a balanced resource planning in the Niger river basin. This was discussed at the first regional Nexus water-energy-food security dialogue workshop in the Niger Basin that took place in Niamey on 18 and 19 October 2017.

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SADC-EU Water-Energy-Food Nexus Project Inception Workshop rouses interest among key partners in the region

National Development Plans of African Countries set ambitious targets in a variety of sectors including water, food and energy. In order to avoid trade-offs and create synergies between different development agendas, integrated planning and cross-sectorial coordination is crucial. The nexus approach will help to frame the interconnected challenges in water, food and energy with the ambition to align policies for sustainable development.

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Water-Food Nexus // Programme "Remote Sensing for Water Productivity"

This programme will assist the Member Countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in monitoring water productivity, identifying water productivity gaps, proposing solutions to reduce these gaps and contributing to a sustainable increase of agricultural production, while taking into account ecosystems and the equitable use of water resources, which eventually should lead to an overall reduction of water stress.

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Vacancy // Advisor (f/m) NEXUS Water Energy Food (WEF) in Niger

A WEF nexus advisor is wanted for the GIZ programme "Support to the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and the Water Policy Sector Programme, initiated a partnership with the Niger Basin Authority to implement the Nexus Regional Dialogues. A set of activities will be implemented by GIZ and NBA including endorsed regional and national Nexus policy recommendations and institutional WEF Nexus studies, customized capacity development activities and micro-scale implementation within pioneer countries.

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