Local validation workshop on: Analysis of knowledge, tools and capacities for securing agricultural land tenure for local communities affected by Fomi dam
On 17 and 18 July 2014 GWI West Africa and partners held a local validation workshop in Kankan to present the results of a study which analyses the "Knowledge, tools and skills for securing agricultural land tenure for the benefit of local communities affected by Fomi dam"
The study was conducted within the framework of the partnership between the General Management of Fomi and the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, implemented by the consortium formed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Participants included local and national governement representatives and local technical staff, representatives from local communities, local authorities and local civil society, as well as from the judicial system and from donor organisations.
The workshop validated the results and recommendations of the study, whilst adding certain observations and clarifications. Conclusions also included the need for the sharing of experiences with the mining sector and for the weak legislative and legal framework in Guinea to be revised to include provisions from regional frameworks such as the Niger Basin Authority's Water Charter and the ECOWAS guidelines for the development of water infrastructure, to better support the social development of communities.
The results of this local validation workshop were seen as only a starting point for the development of the principle of secure agricultural land tenure for local communities; it was deemed important that the state and its partners are able to create a dynamic of sustainable collaboration to facilitate the implementation of the study's recommendations but also to promote an approach which takes into account the experiences of other dam projects in Guinea .
This report contains the recommendations of the workshop (in the form of a final communiqué) and the full list of workshop participants.