State of play of water resources

State of play of water resources

The Inventory of Water Resources Management in Burkina Faso is, as its name suggests, an inventory of the problems that prevent efficient and sustainable management of the country’s water resources; the inventory is not a goal in itself, it wants to be both a tool and a step towards the preparation of an action plan aimed at implementing better management of water resources in the country, in this case integrated water resources management (IWRM).
The state of play is therefore placed in the context of the implementation of integrated water resources management, which embodies the national policy adopted in recent years in harmony with international guidelines on the environment. It is for this reason that the identification of problems related to all aspects of water management is an essential preliminary to the development of an action plan whose aim will be to provide them with solutions by putting implementing IWRM in Burkina Faso.

The document focused on the identification of the problems that affect the management of water resources in all its aspects: problems of resources, demand and their adequacy, technical problems of knowledge and monitoring of resources and uses, problems. institutional, legislative, economic, sociological. That is to say that his ambition is great and that the work behind him was long and complex.

This document therefore proposes the identification of problems according to all the aspects that have been mentioned, and their prioritization. It is about identifying the most serious and urgent problems in order to be able to propose an action plan that provides them with justified, relevant, effective and lasting solutions.
In order to avoid the pitfall of a document prepared by a small and isolated technical team, which runs the risk of drawing conclusions in which the actors do not identify with, this report has been drawn up in a spirit of broad consultation. A preliminary version was submitted to several validation and consultation sessions, with a large representation of all the stakeholders concerned with water: public services, local communities, major users, research organizations, resource persons.

These consultation meetings took place in November and December 2000 in Ouahigouya, Bobo-Dioulasso and Tenkodogo. On the technical level, the elements relating to water resources and demands were submitted to technical commissions widely represented at the national level.

Taking into account the critiques, suggestions and comments gathered during these working sessions, the preliminary version has been amended to produce this document.

When a diagnosis is properly made, the road to recovery is already well underway. This is the whole ambition of this inventory.

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