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Improving the living conditions of communities affected by dam projects: proposals from West African stakeholders
On 21-23 January 2013, partners from ECOWAS, the Global Water Initiative, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) organised a conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
It was attended by about 50 participants from West Africa representing civil society organisations, river users, state technical services, dam construction and management organisations, basin organisations, researchers, legal experts and regional and international organisations.
Drawing on the lessons learned from current practice in water infrastructure projects, the conference discussed a number of challenges in order to help the WRCC and countries in the region effectively implement selected recommendations and measures in the guidelines.