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TitleCapitalizing the development process of the action plan for IWRM in Senegal
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDiarra, A, D. Ndiaye, D, Thiombiano, J
Paginationix, 18 p.; fig.
Date Published2009-07-01
PublisherGlobal Water Partnership (GWP)
Place PublishedOuagadougou, Burkina Faso
ISSN Number9782953300219
Keywordscase studies, senegal, water resources management

Following the Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, Senegal engaged in a development process of Integrated Water Resources Management Action Plan with the financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Global Water Partnership supported technically the realization of these plans within the beneficiary countries. The initiative named "Partnership for African Water Development” (PAWD) was launched in August 2003. The IWRM Plan was validated at a Steering committee meeting late in December 2007. The identified priority projects were developed and submitted to the project team. The phase of IWRM Plan Implementation did not await the end of the process. Along the development of IWRM Plan, the Senegalese Government submitted an IWRM project funded by the African Water Facility. This project takes as a starting point the proposals put forth at the various national meetings. In addition, actions contained in the IWRM Plan priority projects are taken into account in some partners ongoing programs (e.g. CARITAS, IUCN). The experience shows that the IWRM Planning process requires in addition to political will and a minimum resources, method, constant engagement, perseverance and time to allow the process to have an unquestionable anchoring for a continuous and irreversible development. The IWRM planning process does not always receive the desired attention of the political decision makers and the population as there are not immediate tangible results and visibility (in contrary to direct investment projects, such as hydraulic works). Therefore, it is imperative to conduct IWRM Plan process with the realization of structuring investment plans. [authors abstract].

This document is part of the project ‘LoGo Water : towards effective involvement of local government in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in river basins of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region’.

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