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An Overview of the Development Challenges and Constraints of the Niger Basin and Possible Intervention Strategies

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Namara, Regassa; Barry, Boubacar; Owusu, Eric S.; Ogilvie, Andrew
Date: 2011
Agency: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Working Paper, no. 144
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7672
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): river basins
climate change
water management
Niger River region
Abstract: "The Niger River Basin covers 7.5% of the African continent and is shared between nine riparian countries. The human population of the basin is growing at an average annual rate of about 3%, which makes the Niger River Basin one of the areas with the highest fertility rates in the world. The desert margin is expanding; climate change is negatively impacting rainfall; and urbanization, industrialization, and the human and livestock population are threatening the quantity and quality of available water resources. The basin population already suffers from chronic poverty. Based on a literature review, this paper suggests some key water-related and other interventions that are capable of easing the basin's development challenges."

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