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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Brachet C.,Sophia Office | Levite H.,Water Resources Coordination Center | Tengnas A.,Water Resources Coordination Center | Ouedraogo I.,Water Resources Coordination Center
International Journal on Hydropower and Dams | Year: 2013

The potential for hydropower production in West Africa has been estimated at around 24 000 MW, but only 10 per cent has been developed so far. The rate of irrigation development is about the same (12 per cent). Although the region has enormous renewable water resources, these are under-utilized mainly for economic reasons, a fact defined by IWMI as economic water scarcity. Many large dam projects are currently in the pipeline in West Africa. However, some of them have been waiting for a very long time, in some cases more than 50 years. To clarify the status of these projects, ECOWAS water unit launched in 2009 the "Dialogue on large water infrastructures in West Africa", an initiative aimed at revitalizing a number of existing projects. Source


Rey J.,LIV Consulting Hjernet | Tengnas A.,Water Resources Coordination Center | Levite H.,Water Resources Coordination Center | Ouedraogo I.,Water Resources Coordination Center
Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA | Year: 2014

This paper describes a pilot study that aimed at testing a set of indicators for the evaluation of the national water sector in West African countries. The set of indicators is based on a representation of the water sector as a production system embedding a value chain. The information relating to the production system is structured in three blocks: the context, the functioning (inputs and outputs) and the governance. The pilot study covered five countries and the results were debated in two regional workshops, led by the Water Resources Coordination Center of the Economic Community of West African States. The results show that the method gives an in-depth analysis of the water sector, in particular of water governance. The governance indicators can be used for periodical integrated water resources management (IWRM) audits but the complexity requires significant efforts in order to collect reliable data, in particular in West Africa where information tends to be fragmented. © IWA Publishing 2014. Source

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