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ECOWAS ministers meeting on IWRM - Senegal, November 2015

The 4th Session of the Ministerial Monitoring Committee of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in West Africa was preceded by the 10th Session of the Technical Expert Committee which took place on 24-25 November. The meetings were hosted by Senegal’s Ministry of Water and organised by the ECOWAS Water Resources Coordination Unit, IUCN and IIED. Funding has been provided by the ECOWAS Commission, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation through the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, UK Aid (DFID) and the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the PAGE Programme of IUCN.

During the meeting, the water ministers of the 15 countries that make up the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) approved a proposal for a directive on large water infrastructure which would ensure future developments - particularly large dams - respect the environment and benefit all, including affected populations.

For more information: ECOWAS water ministers agree to build fairer dams