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Establishing Local Water Committees in the Sirba sub-basin, Burkina Faso

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Local Water Committees are a key link in the chain of governance of water resources, providing a front line response to resolving any issues arising locally. These community-based committees operate within natural hydrological boundaries of river basins, rather than within artificial administrative or political boundaries. This GWI report documents the lessons we learned from establishing a Local Water Committee in the upper reaches of the Sirba basin in Burkina Faso. We explain the local, national and international context, as well as using diagrams to illustrate the roles and responsibilities of various key stakeholders.