Groundwater Management course in Burkina Faso
This training course on groundwater management was held in August 24-28, 2015. It resulted from collaboration between the Regional Association of natural resources users in Niger Basin River (CRU-BN) and Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net), and with the support of Cap-Net UNDP and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) through the Burden Network. It was delivered in French language, and 18 participants from 6 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, and Togo) were attending the meeting, among them 11 females.
The course built capacity on groundwater resources management of 18 persons from different professional profiles, and different countries. The immediate outcome of the course was that participants got improved knowledge on groundwater, and became aware of its relevance for economic development. Because most of participants are working in agriculture sector, focus was concentrated on groundwater use for irrigation and how it may be polluted. Participants were sensitized on the impact of land use on groundwater quality.