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Revisiting Dominant Notions: A Review of Costs, Performance and Institutions of Small Reservoirs in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Venot, Jean-Philippe; de Fraiture, Charlotte; Acheampong, Ernest Nti
Date: 2012
Agency: International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Research Report, no. 144
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9051
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): water management
Abstract: "This report investigates the dynamics of one of the most common agricultural water management practices of sub-Saharan Africa, i.e., small reservoirs. Small reservoirs dam permanent or temporary river flows and support multiple livelihood activities (livestock watering, crop cultivation, fisheries, small handicrafts, etc.) while providing water-related ecosystem services (soil and water conservation, flood and drought mitigation, etc.). Gathering evidence from four sub-Saharan countries, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia and Zambia, this report calls for revisiting our understanding and assessment of the costs, performance and institutions for the management of small reservoirs. A more holistic analytical approach is the first step towards an integrative governance framework. This, in turn, holds the promise of sustainable management of small reservoirs."

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