Mali NCAP Project

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 13th Jan 2020

Community Meeting in Massabla


Like many sub-Saharan countries, Mali already experiences the effects of severe droughts and rainfall variability, leading to problems of water supply and water shortages. If no action is taken, this state of shortage of water may have very serious consequences for the population, especially rural in rural areas, and is likely to be exacerbated by climate change. The Netherlands Climate Assistance Programme (NCAP) was initiated in order to find community led solutions to these water shortages . Its overall objective is to carry out studies on climate change and the adaptation of the physical and human environment of Mali with regard to these changes. Two case studies were undertaken:

Case Study 1: The Study Of Ultimate Users Of Water Resources And Dialogue With Communities

The sites selected for this study are Kiban (Koulikoro region), Diouna (Ségou region), and Massabla (Commune of Bougouni, Sikasso region).

Objectives assigned to the study are specifically aimed at:

- Determining, at the level of the three sites selected, the potential of surface and underground water resources (in quantity and in quality);

- Determining sectors that use the water resources;

- Determining water resources' ultimate users, their current, and future requirements over the next 25 years; and

- Using the WEAP software for modeling the rational use of water resources, with a view to minimizing eventual conflicts.

Case Study 2: The Identification and Selection of Appropriate Water Resource Management Technologies

Objectives assigned to this study, carried out in the localities of Massabla, Diouna and Kiban, are specifically aimed at:

  • Making an inventory of the technology used in the field of the adaptation of water resources to climate change;
  • Identifying and selecting the most appropriate technology;
  • Proposing better technology if necessary; and
  • Proposing a technology transfer methodology.