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The MEKROU project – promoting sustainability in the Mékrou basin

05 October 2017, JRC

A scientific-technical workshop organised by the JRC and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre was held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 19-23 September 2017 with the technical services of the national ministries (Agriculture and Hydrology) and meteorological services of Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger - the three countries involved in the MEKROU project. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the implementation and results of the hydro-agro-meteorological models developed by the JRC in the frame of the project in collaboration with the technical services and national research institutions.

The MEKROU project (2014-17) promotes the sustainable management of water resources throughout the Mékrou basin. ©Marco Schmidt/Wikimedia

The MEKROU project

The “Water for Growth and Poverty Reduction in the Mékrou transboundary River Basin (Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger)" project, known as MEKROU project, is a competitive project implemented by the JRC and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) through an Administrative Arrangement with DG DEVCO (ending December 2017).

As part of the European Commission's Agenda for Change, the MEKROU project aims to support Economic Green Growth and Poverty Reduction in the three African countries in order to foster peace and security and to ensure continued water supply to developing areas.

As part of the project, the JRC and local and regional partners have developed the e-NEXUS integrated operational decision support tool. Based on a Water-Agriculture-Climate-Ecosystem nexus approach, e-NEXUS integrates several tools for modelling and analysing climate variability and change, hydrology and agriculture, to generate optimal integrated scenarios. It helps policymakers and technicians to analyse and assess the impact of different resource management scenarios in a context of climate variability, climate change (which is particularly relevant to Africa), food security and water allocation, taking environmental constraints into account. In so doing, e-NEXUS helps identify a set of optimal solutions and scenarios according to specific socio-economic and political constraints, objectives and targets defined by policymakers. These scenarios and optimal solutions have helped define the Strategic Development Frame of this transboundary basin and feed the Regional Investment Plans.

Outcome of the meeting and next steps

The results of this meeting and the different strategic documents were validated during the MEKROU steering committee (25-27 September in Ouagadougou), made up of high representatives of the different ministries and services of the three countries, the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), the JRC and the GWP. The e-NEXUS tool was adopted as an operational decision support tool for the region and will be installed in the three countries, the Niger Environmental Observatory of the Niger Basin Authority, and the AGRHYMET premises in late November 2017.

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