Join For Water and its partners are strongly committed to restoring and protecting water ecosystems such as riverbanks, forest areas and agricultural land. Partner CSPEEDA uses its experience here. Farmers will use smart irrigation to best utilise the available water.
Civil society organisations and representatives of regional state services are encouraged and supported to advocate for improved water rights and good management of ecosystems. Topics such as land ownership and the ‘user pays’ are discussed.
Action research on the local water cycle, aquatic ecosystems, smart irrigation and agroforestry should provide the necessary knowledge that can be applied in the activities. The research centres and partners ICRAF and IPR/FRA are taking this on board.
At regional and international meetings, different stakeholders and levels will be able to exchange data and learn.
Join For Water has been active in Mali since 1995. In the inner delta of the Niger, the Mopti region, it was about access to safe drinking water, sanitation and water for agriculture. Banning doing your ‘business’ in the open air was a priority. Raising awareness about hygiene and health prompted the families to build latrines. In the Nioro Nara region near the border with Mauritania, the population also gained more access to drinking water and sanitation.
In Municipalities I and IV of Bamako, drinking water supply and promotion of hygiene and sanitation were central. 30 public taps were created, for example, and managed by the neighbourhood committees. More than 1,000 households also received basic infrastructure for the collection and processing of wastewater. A clearing service for the latrines ensures more hygienic conditions in the densely populated neighbourhoods.
Integrated Water Management of the water resources already guided activities in Mountougoula. Groups of farmers, for example, received training on cultivation techniques and the layout of the plots.
Join For Water recently had to close its office in Mopti due to the unsafe situation there, but our Malian partner Action Mopti also takes care of the drinking water infrastructure.