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In-depth Assessment and Review of PREMI, the IUCN Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management Initiative for West Africa

The initial assignment, consisted of an in-depth assessment of PREMI, the IUCN Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management Initiative for West Africa 2009-2011. The initiative receives Sida support and consists of various projects grouped under three themes. These projects are complemented by supporting activities, mainly in capacity building and advocacy:

Theme 1: Ecological Restoration, Forestry, and the Poor
• Forest-water Restoration in the Volta Basin (Burkina Faso and Ghana)
• Forest-water Restoration in Fouta Djallon (Guinea)
• Payment for Environmental Services from the Fouta Djallon (Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Mali)
• Regional Forest Forum (West Africa)

Theme 2: Dams and Development
• Volta River Governance (Burkina Faso, Ghana)
• Public Participation in Decisions regarding the Senegal River (Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Senegal)
• Reoperation of the Tiga and Challawa Dams (Nigeria, Chad)
• Regional Dialogue on Dams (West Africa)

Theme 3: Capacity Building for Environmental Management
• Integration of Climate Change Adaptation into Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (Mali, Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Burkina Faso)
• Demonstrating Value of Natural Wetlands (Guinea-Bissau. Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso)
• Environmental Capacity Building in Institutions (Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Guinea)
• Network Development (West Africa)
• Development of a Strategy for Environmental Restoration Benefiting the Poor (West Africa)
• Advocacy, Knowledge Management, Advice (West Africa)

This assignment was followed up by a desk study of detailed proposals for projects within PREMI.. The initiative consists of eight projects and was grouped under three themes:

Theme 1: Water Resources Governance and Development
1. Volta Basin Governance Burkina Faso and Ghana)
2. Regional Dialogue on Dams (West Africa)

Theme 2: Ecosystem Services, Forests, and the Poor
3. Demonstrating Economic Value of Natural Wetlands (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau)
4. Integration of Climate Change Adaptation into Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal)
5. Investigating Payment for Environmental Services in Guinea
6. West Africa Forest Dialogue.

Theme 3: Capacity Building and Networking for Environmental Management
7. Mobilising Environmental Knowledge to Improve Implementation of Regional Policies (West Africa).
8. Advocacy, Knowledge Management, Advice (West Africa)