The Sahara and Sahel Observatory took part in the second meeting of the NB-ITTAS Project Steering Committee which aimed to analyze the state of implementation of the recommendations of the Committee previous meeting, examine and adopt the technical and financial activities report from January 1 to September 30, 2021, discuss the recommendations resulting from the project mid-term audit and review the activities scheduled for 2022.
The OSS delegation was able to meet with the officials of the Directorate General of Water Resources of Burkina Faso and the Task Officer at the Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation of Mauritania for the signing of the MoU of the ITTAS Consultation Mechanism. In addition, The OSS will hold meetings with national focal points for the development of demonstration pilots.
The "Improving IWRM, knowledge-based management and governance of the Niger basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudéni/Tanezrouft aquifer system (NB-ITTAS) project", financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is implemented by the NBA, the OSS, UNIDO and UNESCO with the support of UNDP and UNEP. The sixty-month project, relates to eleven (11) countries namely Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
It aims to improve the management, governance and conservation of resources based on the knowledge of the Niger Basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudéni/Tanezrouft (ITTAS) aquifers, in order to support IWRM for the benefit of communities and the resilience of ecosystems.