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Training the next generation of groundwater specialists in the Sahel

Posted in : on 22 November 2022

As climate change diminishes the availability of surface water in Africa, groundwater has emerged as a vital untapped resource. But, in the Sahel, a global hotspot for climate change and one of the poorest regions in the world, limited knowledge about groundwater resources hampers efforts to develop strategies to cope with water scarcity. Nor are there enough hydrogeologists trained in the sustainable management of this resource.

A joint master’s degree in groundwater for Sahelian Universities

Posted in : on 22 November 2022

The Sahel Groundwater Initiative will strengthen foundations for enhanced groundwater knowledge and management capacity in the Western Sahel countries of Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire. The analytical and technical assistance project is focusing on three outcomes: providing solutions to remove constraints and limitations on the use of groundwater for small-scale irrigation, reviewing […]

IWD2022: Mariam Sou gives us an overview of the Sahel Groundwater initiative

Posted in : on 8 March 2022

Meet CIWA’s Water Resources Specialist Mariam Sou. She provides an overview of the Sahel Groundwater Initiative and how it aims to tackle gender inequalities in ground water access and use 

Nouakchott Table Ronde: Meet Seynabou Cisse Faye (In French)

Posted in : on 4 March 2022

On the discussion about offering a joint master’s degree in groundwater in the Sahel, Dr. Seynabou Cisse Faye of Cheikh-Anta-Diop University in Dakar says, “I sincerely hope that this can happen.” 

Nouakchott Table Ronde: Meet Valérie Plagnes (in French)

Posted in : on 4 March 2022

Valérie Plagnes of the Sorbonne-University of Paris says, “African women still face difficulties in landing employment and research opportunities within the water field. But now with this affirmative action in development, this will help them.” 

The integrated problemshed: a solution for water security in the G5 Sahel

Posted in : on 3 March 2022

In the Sahel, where most bodies of water cross national borders, water is both a fundamental constraint and an integrator for development.

Reflecting on 20 years of transboundary water engagement in Western Africa: impacts and lessons learned

Posted in : on 1 March 2022

This blog examines the World Bank’s 20-year engagement in the Western Africa region to suggest new directions for water resources management and development.

Elevating groundwater knowledge, exploration capacity, and resources development in the Sahel region of West Africa

Posted in : on 9 December 2021

In this interview, team leaders François Bertone and Mariam Sou discuss the key components of the Sahel Groundwater Initiative.

Promoting collaboration for harnessing Lake Chad’s potential

Posted in : on 23 February 2021

CIWA is supporting the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s endeavor to encourage cooperation and talks among the countries sharing the Lake and prioritize actions to mitigate poverty and enhance lives of its inhabitants for bringing peace and stability in the region.

A comprehensive understanding of water resources helps manage and preserve Lake Chad

Posted in : on 23 February 2021

Lake Chad is the fourth largest lake in Africa. This rich, tropical Lake with its related wetlands is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

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