This study shows that individual water management decisions in the Upper Niger have a profound effect on distributional environmental, economic and social benefits to people in different parts of the basin. There has already been significant redistribution between different sectors and communities in different regions and countries. When one or more planned dam developments are considered it is predicted that the effects become more marked and exaggerated. In the Inner Niger Delta area very significant changes in the way of life and in nature values would be experienced. Policy investment and management decisions on water infrastructure should take these facts fully into account, to ensure the best results for the people of Mali, their livelihoods and the environment.
Author: Wetlands International