Project Profile

Participatory planning for a more inclusive and sustainable water management in rural Burkina Faso

Duration : September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2019
(Extended to November 30, 2019)

The proposed project is working to strengthen IWRM institutions, foster policy development in relation to sustainable natural resource management (including water resources management) and improve resilience in a climate change challenged regions of Burkina Faso. It will contribute to empowerment and inclusion of the rural poor in decision making processes through participatory action research that is driven by demands from local partners and is co-designed with the relevant national and local stakeholders. The project is based on an approach developed by IWMI researchers that puts improved livelihoods of poor people at the center of IWRM, and places IWRM in the broader context of Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM). Key study sites of the project will be three watersheds in Burkina Faso that are organized under the local water committees created through the countries IWRM plan and supported by the Mouhoun (Black Volta) water agency. Project partners are Agence de l?eau de Mouhoun (Burkina Faso), Universit? de Ouagadougou ? Agrinovia MA programme (Burkina Faso) and Water resources programme at Vienna University of Technology (Austria). The project is funded through the Austrian Development Agency.

Location(s): Burkina Faso
Project Contact: Debevec, Liza
Donor(s): Austrian Development Agency,WLE
Research Collaborator(s) : Agence de l?eau de Mouhoun, University of Ouagadougou, Vienna University of Technology,
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Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI