WA-Net, the West Africa Network for capacity building in integrated water resources management (IWRM), is a regional initiative that was established in order to fill both institutional and individual capacity gaps for water resources development and management
The Network emerged from the growing recognition that capacity gaps emerging from the implementation of IWRM can be filled if capacity building institutions in the region pull together the limited resources they have by forming partnerships in education, training and research.
The Network is a non-profit making membership organisation with its coverage area in West Africa. The beneficiary countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo.
To promote effective partnership for training, research, education and dissemination of information on IWRM in the West Africa sub-region.
Improved human resource and institutional capacity of countries in the region to manage and develop water resources in a sustainable manner for improved economic growth increased social equity and improved ecosystem health and function.
To achieve our Vision, WA-Net shall pursue the following objectives.
Promoting regional co-operation among training and/or education and/or research institutions and organizations engaged in IWRM related activities through joint regional training, education and research activities
Strengthening the capacities of training and/or education and/or research institutions and organizations engaged in IWRM related activities in the region for effective capacity building in IWRM
Facilitating research and the delivery of demand-driven training/education in integrated water resource management in the West Africa region
Promoting the implementation of integrated water resource management in the West Africa region
These objectives shall be pursued in close collaboration with GWP West Africa (West Africa Water Partnership) and Cap-Net (International Network for Capacity Building in Integrated Water Resources Management).