Hydroelectric developments have long-term impacts on people affected by the projects (PAP), whether displaced or host. Budgets are included in environmental and social management plans and resettlement action plans to mitigate the impacts of these projects on the biophysical and human environments. However, these one-off actions often lack follow-up and sustained funding after the first 2 or 3 years of operation.
In the Republic of Guinea, the Land and Property Code does not provide all the details on the practical modalities of expropriation in the public interest and compensation of land and natural resources. This situation explains why tenure-based projects such as large dams, mines or roads deal with this issue on a case-by-case basis without always taking into account the rights of affected populations.
This is a synthesis of the GWI West Africa working paper entitled "Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam". It summarises the main conclusions and recommendations for ensuring land tenure security for the 120,000 people affected by the Fomi dam project.
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 workshop report contains the full details of a national workshop on securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam in Guinea co-hosted by Guinea's ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Rural and Urban Planning and with the support of GWI West Africa on 4-5 March 2015.
This is the final communiqué of a regional workshop organised by the Water Resources Coordination Centre of ECOWAS (CCRE) in partnership IUCN and IIED and financed by UKAid from the British Government and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation through the Global Water Initiative in West Africa.
This is the workshop report from a regional workshop on the theme: “Towards security of tenure for farmers in large scale irrigated rice schemes in the Sahel” which was held on 2-3 June 2014 in Bamako, Mali.
This final communiqué draws together the conclusions and recommendations of the national workshop organised by Guinea's Ministry of Energy and Water with the support of GWI West Africa on 4-5 March 2015. The workshop focused on the legislative and administrative reforms regarding land tenure which need to take place in Guinea in the context of the planned construction of Fomi dam in the Upper Niger River basin.
This factsheet looks at how considering the people most directly affected by dam construction projects as partners and beneficiaries allows local and national development priorities to be reconciled. Pilot studies for the Fomi dam project in Guinea offer insights into this approach and are launching the debate around it.