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Connaissances, outils et capacités pour la sécurisation foncière des populations affectées par le barrage de Fomi

The Fomi dam project is located on the Niandan tributary of the Niger in Guinea, 30 km upstream of the Niandan-Niger confluence, near Kankan (region of Upper Guinea). In development since 1988 with an update of the feasibility study in 1999, the Fomi project is integrated in the Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP) of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) since 2007. An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, consisting of an Environmental and Social Management Plan, Involuntary Resettlement Plan and a Local Development Plan, was completed in 2010.

This report is an inventory of the tools available for the Fomi dam project to ensure land tenure security for the 120,000 people who will be affected by the project. This research was conducted as part of the Global Water Initiative in West Africa in collaboration with the Directorate General of the Fomi dam. GWI West Africa is implemented by IUCN and IIED and funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

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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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