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Cross-border disaster preparedness at the riverbank of Niger in Niger and Mali


Titre : Cross-border disaster preparedness at the riverbank of Niger in Niger and Mali

Grenzübergreifende Katastrophenvorsorge am Flußlauf des Nigers in Niger und Mali

Pays : Niger

Numéro du projet : 2013.1803.9

Durée : 19.07.2013 - 31.08.2016

Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Mali and Niger are among the countries most at risk of drought worldwide. Away from the major river systems, constant water shortages, progressive desertification and soil erosion are increasingly hampering agricultural activities. According to the records kept by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), the volume of water in the River Niger is decreasing on the whole. However, peak flow levels are reached with increasing frequency due to shorter annual rainy seasons accompanied by irregular heavy rainfall and siltation in the river. Gao Region in Mali and Tillabéri Region in Niger are particularly badly affected by periodic flooding. The predominantly rural population in these regions is poor and growing rapidly. This group is therefore particularly vulnerable and has been unable to adapt to the new risks. Floods and their effects are increasingly threatening the livelihoods of the people in these regions.

Description _ The project takes a holistic and inclusive approach that begins with providing support for conducting vulnerability assessments in communities located along the river. Municipal action plans are prepared on the basis of these participatory surveys. They include individual measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of disasters – for instance reinforcing slopes, constructing dams, conducting erosion protection measures, and increasing vegetation levels. Disaster preparedness measures are also part of the plans. Risk mapping is an important analysis instrument. The introduction of effective, regionally coordinated early warning systems and contingency plans is a particular priority. The advice and needs-based measures provided under the project focus on two main areas : 1. Improving the capability of all relevant government institutions to manage flood risks 2. Supporting municipalities in the technical planning and implementation of risk mitigation measures

Objectif : The population and municipal administrative units along the Niger River are able to adapt to the new risks and protect themselves from flooding.

Partenaire du projet : Ministère du Plan, de l’Amenagement du Territoire et du Développement Communautaire

Financement : 3 500 000 Euro

Présentation : GIZ

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