Posted on 18 November 2013
Royal HaskoningDHV together with local partners provided services with regard to institutional aspects of the river basin management. One of the objectives for the project was to bring together, support and strengthen water committees governing the upper Niger basin. As the river basin transcends regional and country borders, this objective required a major organisational effort. Socio-economic surveys were conducted and awareness campaigns organised in order to create public and governmental support for the actions that needed to be carried out to ensure the long-term preservation of natural resources. Alternative sources of income for the inhabitants along the River Niger were identified and promoted. In addition, information centres were set up or updated in Bamako and Mopti (Mali) and in Kankan and Conakry (Guinea).
On the technical side, the current alert system for the River Niger was rehabilitated and extended to include the River Bani basin. This project component entailed the repair and/or replacement of existing measurement stations along the Niger and the installation of new stations, or alternative methods of measurement, along the River Bani. These stations have been providing measurements of water levels, water quality and rainfall. A hydrologic/hydraulic model was constructed of the Niger-Bani basin. The measurement station-model combination resulted in a warning system for the downstream river stretches, predicting travel times of flood waves and upstream river pollution.
Laboratories in Bamako, Mopti, Kankan and Conakry have been rehabilitated in order to enable detailed and accurate water quality testing. Within this framework Royal HaskoningDHV will advise on equipment procurement.