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More frequent and intense floods and droughts, reduced river flows, degradation of aquatic ecosystems, rising sea levels resulting in salinization of coastal groundwater: water is one of the first victims of climate change.
To meet the water and climate challenges, more ambitious and innovative projects are needed.
This is a necessity everywhere in the world, but particularly in Africa, one of the areas most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

At the end of the 1st edition of the "One Planet Summit" (12 December 2017 in Paris), the President of the French Republic made a commitment to ensure the development of "100 Water and Climate projects for Africa" within 5 years.

International institutions mobilized

International institutions support the initiative. As co-organizers of the "One Planet Summits" alongside the Presidency of the French Republic, the World Bank and the United Nations General Secretariat contribute to its follow-up and provide support.  

In particular, the World Bank has integrated into the initiative its climate change resilience project in the transboundary Niger River basin. Like the commitments of the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), all development banks (bilateral and multilateral) and specialized climate finance funds (Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund, etc.) have a role to play in supporting the initiative. They can contribute to the identification of projects, finance their incubation or finance their implementation.

INBO: support for drawing up applications and the search for financing

The management of the initiative was entrusted to INBO, Secretariat of the World Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), within the framework of the Incubation Platform that it has been leading since the United Nations Climate Conference of Marrakech (COP22, November 2016).   

In this respect, INBO seeks and selects the relevant project proposals, co-establishes and secures the budget required for the incubation. The latter must be modest compared to the implementation budget, with a leverage effect of at least 1 to 100; on average, 60,000 euros of incubation for an implementation of 1 to 10 million euros). INBO provides technical support to the project leaders to meet the requirements and procedures of the climate finance donors.


Incubation process



The three main themes of the expected projects :




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The 6 French water agencies are public State institutions that provide technical and financial support for the design and implementation of policies promoting integrated water resource management (IWRM), in a context of adaptation to climate change, in France and worldwide.

They promote balanced and sustainable management of water resources and aquatic environments, drinking water supply, flood regulation and the sustainable development of economic activities on the scale of large river basins.

The water agencies are members of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and participate in the organization and follow-up of many international cooperation activities on all continents. 

In accordance with this commitment, the water agencies have been mobilized since the launching of the Initiative "100 Water and Climate Projects for Africa", within the One Planet Summit organized on 12 December 2017 in Paris by the President of the French Republic, the President of the World Bank and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

The water agencies are committed to contributing over 5 years to the incubation or implementation of "20 Water & Climate projects", particularly in the Sahel, an arid and fragile region where the challenges of sustainable water management are crucial, in a context of particularly unfavourable climate change. 

The French water agencies involved in Water and Climate Projects at the River Basin Level

The French water agencies regularly provide technical and financial support for the implementation of institutional cooperation projects. These consist in strengthening the legal and institutional frameworks of the organizations in charge of water resource management at the basin scale and in contributing to the improvement of governance and techniques for carrying out this mandate (monitoring and inventory of water resources, planning and implementation of action programmes, participatory management involving the users of the resource, etc.).

Within the framework of these projects, the French water agencies and their operators were able to identify in each basin of intervention the vulnerabilities to climate change and the measures that could be relevant to integrate for the incubation of water & climate projects in these territories (adaptation plan, Nature-based solutions, water saving programme, etc.).

The "20 Water & Climate projects" of the French water agencies are the result of this identification process.

The institutional cooperation actions of the French water agencies thus allow not only to improve integrated water resource management at basin level, but also to establish diagnoses and proposals for projects to fight against climate change!

A vast network of water stakeholders at the service of this initiative

As INBO Secretariat, IOWater coordinates the initiative of the 100 water & climate projects for Africa. Many partners joined the initiative, including the World Bank, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, UNESCO, the French Water Partnership, the French Development Agency, the Interdepartmental Syndicate for Sanitation of the Parisian Agglomeration or the French Fund for Global Environment.

As part of their commitment to "20 Water & Climate projects", the French water agencies are also mobilising their large French and international network of technical operators and financial partners (Compagnie d'Aménagement des Coteaux de Gascogne, Agrisud, International research and development centre, Beninese NGO, Research and Expertise Centre for Local Development, etc.).



Pays Zone d'intervention Titre du projet Agence de l'eau porteuse
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Niger Dallol Maouri, Dosso region in Niger Support for the emergence of adaptation projects and the development of integrated water resources management mechanisms in the Dallol Maouri pilot basin AESN.png
Benin Community of municipalities of coastal lagoons (CCLC) grouping the following 5 municipalities: Grand Popo, Comé, Kpomassé, Ouidah, Abomey-Calavi
Resilience to Climate Change for Vulnerable Inhabitants of Coastal Lagoons in upstream Mono

Burkina Faso Upstream part of the Upper Mouhoun river basin Reducing the impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems - upstream part of the Upper Mouhoun

Burkina Faso Nakanbé Water Agency competency area
Central Plateau region and surrounds
Wetlands Conservation, Autonomous Sanitation and Development of Agro-Ecology in the Nakanbé Basin
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Burkina Faso Mid Nakanbé – Massili -Ziga sub-basin Water Resources Management on the Massili-Siga Basin
Cameroun  Sanaga river basin Developing IWRM mechanisms in the Sanaga River Basin
Madagascar Central Highlands, in the Itasy, Upper Matsiatra and Vakinankaratra regions
Reducing the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems in the Central Highlands of Madagascar

Morocco Sebou basin – Fes-Meknes water table Safeguarding the Fes-Meknes Water Table
Morocco Souss Massa – Arghen Valley
Improving the Resilience of rural Inhabitants by setting up Water Supply and Sanitation Services
Morocco Souss Massa – Tiout Oasis, Taroudant Province Preserving and Developing Oasis Heritage through Sustainable Agrotourism
Senegal Somone Lagoon Support to restore the Hydro-Sedimentary Balance of the Somone Lagoon in a context of Climate Change
Senegal Senegal River basin Support to operationalise the Senegal River Quality Network by setting up a Durable, Interoperable Information System
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Senegal Senegal River basin Sharing Satellite Observations for Service Innovation in the Senegal River Basin
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Ongoing projects

In spite of often defeatist environmental discourse, solutions for adapting to climate change, enabling the implementation of quality and sustainable integrated water resource management projects do exist!

The 100 Water and Climate Projects for Africa initiative aims to bring together project leaders, technical experts and donors to meet and collaborate.

Discover the projects already implemented!

Many water and environmental stakeholders have ideas on how to respond to the challenges our societies face in adapting to climate change.

The 100 Projects for Africa Initiative therefore brings together project leaders, technical experts and donors to conceptualize and develop realistic, relevant and sustainable projects.   


Stages of the incubation process 




The three main themes of the expected projects :



Do you have a project proposal ?  

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download Call for proposal : Context Description, Targeted Projects and Application Form



Would you like to join the Collective Initiative 100 Water and Climate Projects for Africa by financing all or part of a project?


We will give you details of the projects that can be financed and you can let us know your interest:

  • finance the emergence of a project through an incubation process, finance,
  • the implementation of a project that has already been incubated
  • or finance the entire life cycle of a project, from incubation to implementation 

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