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Élaboration d'un bail emphytéotique et d'un cahier des charges pour la juste compensation dans le cadre du barrage Kandadji au Niger

GWI West Africa

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The Kandadji dam, currently under construction in Niger, will displace 38,000 people. The High Commission for the Development of the Niger Valley (HCAVN), in accordance with national law, is committed to compensating people for the traditionally-owned land that they will lose.

It is in this context that the HCAVN, in collaboration with the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, carried out this study with a team of experts (lawyer, sociologist, agronomist). The purpose of the study was to analyze the legal texts and the social situation in Kandadji and propose solutions which addressed the requirement for fair compensation as outlined in the 2008 law on compulsory acquisitions. This study recommends the granting of 'emphyteutic' or long-term leases, an example contract for such a lease is also provided.

The Global Water Initiative in West Africa is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

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Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development.

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