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Large dams in West Africa : Building the dialogue (short version )

This documentary film by IUCN, in partnership with ECOWAS, looks at the many challenges and opportunities relating to large dams in West Africa from the perspective of the different stakeholders (decision makers, civil society, communities, technical and financial partners) involved.

These issues were addressed by looking at four dam sites in the region: Sélingué in Mali, Bagré in Burkina Faso, Diama in Senegal and Kandadji (under development) in Niger. This film was part of the "Regional dialogue on major water infrastructure in West Africa" project ​​launched in 2008 by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through its Resources Coordination Centre for Water (CCRE).

In deciding to support ECOWAS in its approach, IUCN's goal is to promote environmentally sustainable and socially equitable management of water resources in West Africa by facilitating the expansion of cooperation with non-state actors, civil society organisations and resource users.

This film has been used to disseminate the recommendations of the regional consultation between stakeholders to promote good practices in the design, construction and operation of large hydraulic infrastructures.

For more information, visit the website for the Regional dialogue on large water infrastructures in West Africa:

Visit the IUCN YouTube channel for the longer version of this film: