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For a healthy Inner Niger Delta, Mali

The Inner Niger Delta is a lifeline for one and a half million people, whose flooding provide fish, fodder for their cattle and water for rice production. This inland delta is also home to millions of waterbirds, that migrate to this rich environment, as well as hippos and many other species. We work with communities and Malinese government to restore the flood forest, reduce the people's poverty and prevent the negative impacts of dams and climate change on the delta. 

Action Description:

Our offices in Bamako and Mopti worked to improve the water management and fight the poverty of the Delta’s communities. On the regional, national and local level we work with the government to improve the planning of infrastructure and increase the people's say in local water decisions. Furthermore, we provided tools for prediction of floods to which fishermen and herdsmen could adjust their activities and the Malinese government  its planning.


Impact of dams on the Inner Niger Delta

We address the direct threats to the Niger Basin, such as the construction of hydropower dams. We use the knowledge from our research to influence decisions and policies with impacts on the Inner Niger Delta on local level, the national level and at the level of the entire Niger River Basin, which stretches from Guinea to Nigeria. 

Results of our research are the publications ‘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 nature conservation activities.

Microcredit loans are provided to rural communities, but instead of paying interest locals undertake conservation activities, such as restoring flood forests by planting Acacia trees. Read more…


Flood prediction tool (OPIDIN)

The innovative Tool for flood prediction in the Inner Niger Delta (OPIDIN) improves the fishermen and herdsmen adjustment to different flooding patterns 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. 

Action Partners:


Niger Basin Authority



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