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Sharing the benefits

Final communiqué from national workshop on securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam


This final communiqué draws together the conclusions and recommendations of the national workshop organised by Guinea's Ministry of Energy and Water with the support of GWI West Africa on 4-5 March 2015. The workshop focused on the legislative and administrative reforms regarding land tenure which need to take place in Guinea in the context of the planned construction of Fomi dam in the Upper Niger River basin.

Representatives from the ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Urban and Rural Planning will meet in Conakry on 4-5 March to discuss reforms for governing expropriation of land and compensation for smallholder farmers displaced by large public interest infrastructure projects.

Rural communities in the Anambé river basin in Senegal have been raising awareness of local land use and allocation plans (POAS) in their local areas.

Resettlement, compensation and rights of local populations in the area of the Taoussa dam (Mali)


This study, conducted on the conditions of populations displaced by Taoussa development project, intends to analyze the nature of the "social contract" between the state and local communities around the dam. The material terms and the legal framework for their resettlement will be analyzed, firstly, to assess their effectiveness, achievements and limits to feed into the debate on benefit-sharing around dams and, secondly to formulate recommendations to influence the process in the interest of all parties.

Jamie Skinner

The economics and distribution of development benefits of large dams continue to be a source of controversy.

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


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