'The Niger, A Lifeline' publication on impact of different dam scenarios

Our work in the Inner Niger Delta, Mali

Wetlands International has years of experience in Mali working with local communities and highest level of government. Scientific research, publications combined with livelihood projects with villages in the Inner Niger Delta have built our strong reputation.


Currently, our Sahelian offices in Bamako and Mopti, Mali are implementing various projects for the improvement of water management and livelihoods of the Delta’s communities. Below our approaches in the Inner Niger Delta are described.

Impact of dams on the Inner Niger Delta

Our work addresses direct threats to the Niger Basin. Of of the main causes of lost of natural habitats as well as terrestrial and aquatic habitats is the construction of dams. Our research continues to support the lobbying and policy work promoting the Niger Basin’s Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), as well as influencing all decisions and policies with impacts on the Inner Niger Delta. 

Concrete outputs of our research  are the publication ‘The Niger, A Lifeline’ and ‘Impact of Dams of the People of Mali (photo)’ brochure. Read more on our research...


Biorights: conservation microfinance

The innovative financial mechanism, bio-rights is a flagship approach of Wetlands International and Malian national micro credit institutions. It links poverty reduction with the environment for the benefit of both the local community and their environment.


Microcredit loans are provided to rural communities, but instead of paying interest locals provide environmental services. Read more…

Flood prediction tool OPIDIN

The innovative Tool for flood prediction in the Inner Niger Delta (OPIDIN) is currently in its testing phase and will improve local communities’ adjustment to different flooding patters of the Delta. Specifically, it enables:

  • Farmers to choose the good crop varieties to plant according to the duration of the flooding period;

  • Fishermen- and women to estimate the fish production of the year (since the fish production depend the level of the flood) and buy the materials they need at time.

  • Herders to anticipate food collection for animals (bourgou) fodder production depends on the flood level).


DECIDAID is a decision-making support tool for the Upper Niger in Guinea Chonakry and Mali. The tool calculates the costs in terms of rice and fish production of water deviation up-river per cubic meter per second. 


Woman in the village of Severy, where Biorights is supporting the women's group