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Managing land and water resources by consensus: Validation workshop of the Anambé irrigation scheme charter

29 September2014Kolda, Senegal
Managing land and water resources by consensus: Validation workshop of the Anambé irrigation scheme charter

On 29 September 2014, around 50 participants involved in the use and management of the Anambé river basin met in Kolda, Senegal, to discuss and endorse the Anambé irrigation scheme charter. 

Workshop background and objectives

To address the land tenure and governance issues exisiting around the Anambé river basin, SODAGRI put forward the idea in 2013 of drawing up an Anambé irrigation cheme charter. The proposal was approved and taken up by the Niandouba and Confluent Large Dams Water and Land Users Platform, which was set up with support from GWI West Africa. 

A year after the process was launched, and drawing on extensive consultation with Anambé basin users and stakeholders, a charter was drafted, setting out management principles for efficient and sustainable agricultural development of the river basin. The document was then shared and discussed at various meetings, before a final validation workshop was held on 29 September 2014 at "Les Six Jarres" Hotel in Kolda.  

The aims of the final validation workshop were to:

  • Exchange experiences regarding the Charter's development process;

  • Have the river basin stakeholders validate the Charter project, with endorsement from the highest regional authorities (Gouverneur, Président Conseil départemental, SODAGRI); and

  • Draw up a road map to ensure effective implementation of the Charter and prepare for its ultimate endorsement at the national level (e.g. through ministerial ruling) after the test period.

Workshop outputs 

For the workshop recommendations please see the workshop report [in French only] that summarises the unfolding and outcomes of the workshop et includes a list of participants, the agenda and the final version of the Charter as adopted at the end of the event. 

You can read all the presentations frpom the workshop below [in French only], or directly on GWI West Afrcia's Slideshare page