Senegal Mauritanian Aquifer Basin: preserving unique riparian ecosystems

Posted in : on 11 April 2023

The continent’s third-longest river, the Senegal River, stretches across Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania. It is the lifeblood of the area, rich in biodiversity, providing people with water for energy, irrigation, and drinking. In a region plagued by drought and poverty, this river could have become the source of conflict. Instead, it is one of the world’s leading examples of how countries can work together to manage transboundary water resources. With World Bank support, the 50-year-old Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Sénégal (the Senegal River Basin Development Organization, or OMVS) is a strong and effective force for sustainable management of water resources in the basin.

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