Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa
- Global Water Initiative-Frédéric Bazin, Jamie Skinner, Jérôme Koundouno
West African countries are planning to construct new large dams in order to meet their energy and water needs and to promote food security against an uncertain backdrop of climate change. If these new dams are to offer development opportunities for all and avoid social conflict over land and water management then lessons need to be learned from past projects. This document examines the experiences of six dams built in West Africa between the late 1970s and late 1990s: the Niandouba and Confluent in Senegal, the Sélingué in Mali, and the Bagré, Kompienga and Moussodougou dams in Burkina Faso. Retrospective studies were conducted for each of these dams and their conclusions discussed in multi-stakeholder national workshops in each country.
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