NB-ITTAS project


En cours

Duration of the project

7 years (2018-2025)

  • Joint management of groundwater and surface water
  • Conservation of water resources in the Niger River Basin and Aquifer Systems (ITTAS)
  • Ecosystem resilience
  • Environmental and social responsibility of industries


Total budget

4,300,000 USD


Local populations

Local, national, and regional institutions responsible for groundwater and surface water management

Scientific community

Countries concerned
Algeria, Benin, Burkina, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Chad

Improving IWRM, Knowledge-based Management and Governance of the Niger Basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudeni/Tanezrouft Aquifer System | ITTAS

The objective of the project is to improve knowledge-based management, governance and resource conservation of the Niger River Basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudéni/Tanezrouft Aquifers (NB-ITTAS), to support IWRM for the benefit of communities and the resilience of ecosystems

It will implement conjunctive management of surface and groundwaters through knowledge-based management and governance of the Niger Basin (NB) and the Iullemeden-Taoudéni/Tanezrouft Aquifer System (ITTAS) leading to improved IWRM for the benefit of communities and the resilience of ecosystems.

This project will contribute to the attainment of a number SDGs  namely SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation and in particular target 6.5 related to integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation (and the related indicators) as well as SDGs related to the improvement of the livelihoods of local communities that are targeted through the project activities. 

The geographic scope of this study and GEF intervention covers the whole area as covered by Niger River Basin (NB) and the ITTAS.


Financial partners
  • Global Environment Facility - GEF
Technical partners
  • Niger Basin Authority - NBA
  • United Nations Development Programme - UNDP
  • United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization - UNIDO

Launch workshop

May 2019

Setting up of the Steering Committee

January 2020

1st Steering Committee meeting

December, 2020

2nd Steering Committee meeting

November, 2021

3rd Steering Committee meeting

December 2022

Regional workshop to validate and adopt the ITTAS ADT

October 2023

1st Scientific Committee meeting

December 2023

1st Meeting of the Consultation Mechanism

December 2023

Key Achievements

Development of a Hydrogeological Flow and Pollutant Transport Model and Database

Development of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis of ITTAS

Capacity building for senior technicians and national engineers in Database, GIS, Modeling, Remote Sensing (100)

Online Hydrodynamic Modeling Training (1600 participants)