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At a regional workshop held in Bamako on 7 and 8 September 2017, some 50 participants shared recent experiences and achievements in "land tenure security" to enhance learning and implementation by West African stakeholders of results at the policy and practical levels. The meeting was organized by GWI, the Réseau des organisations paysannes et des producteurs agricoles de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA) and the Comité permanent inter-États de lutte contre la sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS).

7 September 2017 to 8 September 2017
| Bamako, Mali

Guinea has launched a strategic reflection around the implementation of a benefit-sharing model for hydropower projects with the affected populations, in collaboration with GWI, through a study and a restitution workshop with stakeholders in the sector. The workshop, chaired by the Ministry of Energy and Hydraulics, was held on 20 September 2017 in Conakry.

20 September 2017 | Conakry, Guinea

A workshop on securing land tenure of smallholders in West African large scale irrigation schemes was held in Ouagadougou on 17-19 June 2016. This regional event was organised by the West African Farmer Organisations’ Network (ROPPA) and GWI, and facilitated by The Rural Hub.

17 June 2016 to 19 June 2016
| Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

A national workshop on securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam in Guinea was held in Conakry on 4-5 March 2015. The workshop was co-hosted by Guinea's ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Rural and Urban Planning with the support of GWI West Africa.

4 March 2015 to 5 March 2015
| Conakry, Guinea

The annual World Water Week in Stockholm focuses on a wide range of issues relating to water across the globe, and this year's theme was 'Water for development'.

23 August 2015 to 28 August 2015
| Stockholm, Sweden

The national exchange and validation forum on the improved operating contract for ONAHA's irrigated agricultural schemes was held on 6 August 2015 in Konni. This event was organised by the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA), in partnership with GWI, and implemented by IUCN and IIED.

6 August 2015 | Konni, Niger

This March 2015 workshop was organised by the ECOWAS Coordination Unit for Water Resources (CCRE) in partnership with the IUCN and IIED consortium, with funding from UKAid and the Howard G.

25 March 2015 to 26 March 2015
| Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

At a workshop organised by GWI and the Society for Agricultural and Industrial Development in Senegal (SODAGRI) on 29 September 2014 in Kolda, Senegal, around 50 participants involved in the use and management of the Anambé river basin convened to discuss and endorse the Anambé irrigation scheme charter, which sets out management principles for efficient and sustainable agricultural development of the river basin.  

29 September 2014 | Kolda, Senegal

The national forum on irrigated land tenure security in Niger was held on 7-8 May 2014 in Konni. This event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with GWI, and implemented by IUCN and IIED, in collaboration with the High Commission for the Niger Valley Development (HCAVN) and the High Commission for the 3N Initiative.

7 May 2014 to 8 May 2014
| Konni, Niger

The aim of this workshop was to bring together experts and practitioners to identify what works and what doesn't in the irrigated areas focused on by GWI in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal and draw lessons from these insights to improve existing services and establish best practice to be used for dams currently being developed.

4 June 2014 to 5 June 2014
| Bamako, Mali