Improving IWRM Knowledge based Management and governance of the Niger Basin and the Iullemeden Taoudeni Tanezrouft Aquifer System (ITTAS)

Lead country


Participating countries

Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 31, 2018 to May 31, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
  2. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  3. 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems

Project ID: 4798

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Climate resilient integrated water resource & coastal area management


  • Human altered areas
  • FreshWaters


  • Aquifers
  • Mining sites

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Governance
  • Management operation
  • Mitigation adaptation


  • Improved soil and water management techniques
  • Institutional framework
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Partnerships
  • Drought Mitigation/Early Warning
  • Flood prevention/Early Warning

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)
  • Gender-responsive policies

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution

About this project


This project supports governance and knowledge management for ecosystem-based management for conjunctive and integrated water management within the Niger Basin and ITTAS. It will make best use of i) existing knowledge of the surface water systems, improved understanding of groundwater systems (to be achieved under this project) and of the linkages and connections between the ITTAS and the Niger Basin systems, and ii) as a result of a governance system which treats the two apparently superimposed systems as the one interconnected it actually is. The establishment of an efficient governance system of the transboundary water resource is supported by the strengthening of existing institutions and regulations to govern the management of groundwater and surface water on local, national and regional levels.


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 (ITTAS), to support IWRM for the benefit of communities and the resilience of ecosystems.The objective of the project is to mainstream a programme of industrial pollution reduction in the Niger River through the launching and promotion of private-sector driven initiatives based on the adoption of environmentally and economically sustainable best practices.

USD $9,125,000

Grant amount

USD $1,019,403,149

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($9,125,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Niger

Joint agencies

  • UN Environment
  • UN Industrial Development Organization

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