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ADF Supports Efforts to clear Invasive Aquatic Weeds in West Africa


In order to arrest this scourge, the African Development Fund (FAD) has approved a project on the Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds in West Africa (IMIAW) for a total amount of US$11.76 million. This funding includes a loan of US$7.4 millions and a grant of US$1.45 million.

The goal of the project is to ensure the sustainable management of the natural resources, especially the water resources, and optimize their contribution to social, economic and environmental development of the sub-region.

The ECOWAS will implement the three components of the project:

  • Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds,
  • Capacity Building;
  • Project Coordination.

The primary beneficiaries of the project will be rural households who have been wasting valuable time and efforts to carry out their daily activities as a result of the weeds. In the food sector, Fishermen who have been experiencing significant reduction in their income as well as farmers who rely on irrigation water and have to spend much time dredging water canals will also benefit from the project.

The project is expected to result in savings of between 75 million US dollars and 150 millions US dollars in lost income and water loss (through evaporation and transpiration) due to the presence of the weeds.

Details of the Project

  • The beneficiaries of this project are seven ECOWAS member
    Countries (Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal,
    the Gambia) and Mauritania.
  • The project will involve four (4) Common-shared water
    bodies in West Africa: The coastal water systems of Benin and
    Nigeria; the Upper and Middle Niger River Basin in Mali, Niger;
    Benin and Nigeria; the coastal areas and the Tano River Lagoon
    on the border of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and the shared water
    bodies with Togo; and the Lower Senegal River system in
    Senegal, Mauritania and the Gambia.