Dams Offer Solution for Water Supply Shortage in West Africa

The majority of West Africa's population lives in the countryside where agriculture is the main source of livelihood and income. Water is vital to the population's survival; however, the region is typically one of climatic uncertainty. The amount of available water in the area is directly related to the rainfall acquired during monsoon and the length of the dry spell following it. Today, there are fewer than 150 large dams in West Africa. The Great Rivers Partnership is helping partners organize and initiate many projects along the Niger River and its tributaries. By storing fresh water during seasons and years of excess, properly managed dams can be effective solutions when facing uncertainties and shortages of water supply.

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Page Copy Caterpillar Foundation investment helps The Nature Conservancy launch the Great Rivers Partnership
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