11 December 2018

EU Grant for Utrecht University and partners for water project in Burkina Faso

Volta rivier in Burkina Faso
The Volta river in Burkina Faso, with The Adome Bridge.

Utrecht University is part of a consortium which has been awarded an EU-grant of 1 million euros, to execute a project on water resources management in Burkina Faso. This four-year project is called Faso Koom II and is a cooperation between Dutch regional water authorities and a Water Authority in Burkina Faso: Agence de l’Eau de Nakanbe. The aim is to support the local authority by training (local) water committees on water resources management. It will help to improve access to sustainable and safe water resources.

Improving water quality and quantity, taking human rights into account

The research of Dr. Daphina Misiedjan, assistant professor and researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law and the Centre for Global Challenges, forms an important part of this project as it ensures that the project meets human rights standards. This means that during the design and implementation, human rights standards such as participation and affordability are taking into account. The overarching goal of the project is to improve integrated water resources management by strengthening the capacity of the Agence de l’Eau de Nakanbe. The project aims to improve the water quality and quantity for millions of people in the Volta basin. 

waterkraan met druppel

Besides Utrecht University the consortium consists of:

  • World Waternet
  • Waterschap Drents Overijsselse Delta
  • Waterschap Aa en Maas
  • Waterschap Noorderzijlvest
  • Waterschap Hunze en Aa's
  • NWB Fonds
  • IRC
  • Agence de l'Eaux de Nakambé

There was already a project Faso Koom with similar partners. This new project is Faso Koom II.