Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa

Over 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the last 50 years. Many more are in the planning stages to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food and their reservoirs will displace many thousands of local people. Success in resettling affected people and in rebuilding their livelihoods has been mixed in the region. This publication reviews detailed experience from six dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal through the lens of “benefit sharing” with local populations, which asks to what extent the affected communities have indeed benefited from the dam and how the multiple positive consequences from water use have been shared between different actors. The lessons learned from these experiences can guide future decision making.
 
IIED code:
17510IIED 
Published:
Nov 2011 - IIED, IRAM, IUCN 
Theme:
Urban 
Keywords:
Water and Sanitation, Natural Resource Management (NRM), Environmental management and planning 
ISBN/ISSN:
ISBN 978-1-84369-825-8 
Details:
128 pages (Book/Report) 
Language:
English - also in French (Français)