Des forages au Niger – Boreholes in Niger (5 African countries)

Lu au :

http://www.niger1.com/actualitesnigerniameyagadez.html

http://www.mediaterre.org/afrique-ouest/actu,20070312130150.html

HYDRAULIQUE VILLAGEOISE. L’Uemoa finance 350 forages au Niger

par Paul TAPSOBA le 12/03/2007 | Rubrique: Partenariats | Thématique: Eau

“Le président de la Commission de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest africaine (Uemoa) et le ministre de l’Economie et des Finances ont pro-cédé, lundi dernier, à Niamey, à la signature de la convention de la maîtrise d’ouvrage déléguée pour la réalisation de 350 forages au Niger. «L’événement qui nous réunit ce jour est hautement significatif. Il s’agit, en effet, de la signature de la convention relative à la réalisation au Niger de 350 forages positifs et équipés de pompes à motricité humaine. Dans les pays de l’UEMOA et particulièrement dans la zone sahélo-saharienne, le problème de l’eau constitue, en effet, l’une des contraintes majeures au développement économique et social», a déclaré Soumaïla Cissé.

«Face à cette difficulté, la Commission a décidé de réaliser 3000 forages, en trois ans, dans les 8 pays membres de l’ union. La mise en œuvre de ce programme concerne au départ, les trois pays sahéliens où le problème de l’eau se pose avec le plus d’acuité. Ainsi, il sera réalisé au cours de l’année 2007, 1000 forages dont 350 au Niger. La réalisation de ces 350 forages s’élève à 2 milliards 800 millions de FCFA. La commission a souhaité toutefois que leur réalisation soit confiée à une agence nationale d’exécution crédible», a-t-il ajouté, annonçant la désignation de l’Agence nigérienne des travaux d’intérêt public (Nigetip) pour l’exécution du chantier, en qualité de maître d’ouvrage délégué, avec l’appui des services techniques du Ministère de l’hydraulique.

Propos du “Republicain du Niger le vendredi 9 mars 2007”

L’eau potable à Conakry – Drinking water in Conakry (5 African countries)

Lu au:

http://www.niger1.com/conakry2.html

http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/200703191519.html 

Guinée: Pénurie d’eau potable à Conakry – le pire est à craindre

“La Guinée jadis affectueusement appelée les rivières du sud ou en encore château d’eau de l’Afrique occidentale, est l’un des pays les mieux arrosés du continent puisqu’il ne pleut pas moins de 6 mois par an. Mais hélas, cette renommée n’est plus qu’un lointain souvenir car, les Guinéens ne bénéficient point de ces avantages que leur procure la nature. Reportage.

Pendant le week-end écoulé, nous nous sommes intéressés au problème d’eau qui se pose aujourd’hui avec acuité dans la capitale guinéenne. Dans les communes sillonnées, nombreux sont des quartiers qui ont leur robinets à sec depuis des lustres.

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Eau potable au Mali – Drinking water in Mali (5 African countries)

Lu au:

http://www.niger1.com/mali.html

http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/200703210586.html

 

Mali: Trois millions de Maliens privés d’eau potable

 
 
 

Mohamed Daou

Au Mali, plus de 3 millions de personnes n’ont pas accès à l’eau potable. La révélation a été faite hier au cours d’une conférence de presse organisée par le Comité national de pilotage de la campagne internationale pour l’eau et l’assainissement.

Le Mali, à l’instar de la communauté internationale, célèbre demain la Campagne internationale pour l’eau et l’assainissement. En prélude à l’événement, le président du Comité national de pilotage, notre confrère Idrissa Camara, s’est prêté mardi au CICB aux questions des journalistes, qui voulaient en savoir plus sur la campagne.

D’entrée de jeu, le conférencier a indiqué que le secteur de l’eau et de l’assainissement connaît une crise à l’échelle mondiale. Les statistiques avancées donnent le vertige : 1 milliard de personnes n’ont pas encore accès en 2006 à l’eau potable, 2,6 milliards d’habitants des pays pauvres ne disposent pas d’installations sanitaires adéquates, 1,8 million d’enfants meurent chaque année, soient 5000 enfants par jour du fait d’une maladie liée au manque d’eau et d’assainissement.

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Website on five African countries – Site web sur cinq pays africains

In a comment on one of my former messages < moub21@gmail.com> mentioned that I could consult a website on 5 African countries (Nigeria, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Benin and Niger).

Here is the website : <http://www.niger1.com>

Texts in English or French !

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Dans un commentaire sur un de mes messages antérieurs < moub21@gmail.com> m’a indiqué l’existence d’un site web sur 5 pays africains (Nigeria, Mali, Guinée Conakry, Benin, Niger).

Voici ce site web : <http://www.niger1.com>

Textes en Français ou en Anglais !

One tree at a time (Technorati)

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http://www.technorati.com/search/desertification

http://urbanworkbench.com/fighting-the-desert-one-tree-at-a-time

http://www.tree-nation.com

POSSIBLY THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT POVERTY AND DESERTIFICATION



Desertification is potentially the most threatening ecosystem change impacting livelihoods of the poor” (UNCCD). It is about land degradation caused by CLIMATE CHANGE and human-induced factors. By planting a tree you will make a difference by helping to create a giant heart in Niger, the poorest country in the world, and one of the most affected by desertification. see project

You can use the interactive map to navigate the park and choose an exact spot to plant your tree or trees. With GPS coordinates your virtual tree corresponds to a real tree planted in the eco-park in Niger, so you and the whole world can always find it.

You can express yourself with your Tree-Blog, participate, meet friends and share ideas in the community. see community map”

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Lake Chad disappears (Technorati)

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http://www.technorati.com/search/desertification

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2007/03/27/95-the-incredible-shrinking-lake-chad-that-is/

Lake Chad is not the only inland body of water that’s disappearing under the dual assault of climate change and human overuse. Lake Aral, in formerly Soviet Central Asia, is well known for the picturesque images of boats stranded in the desert. I don’t know how fast the process went with Lake Aral, but as this map demonstrates, it’s been mercilessly swift with Lake Chad. The last of these five maps dates from 2001. I even wonder whether six years later there still is a Lake Chad. Gonna check up on that in a minute.

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The Niger River (Technorati)

Niger River Ecological Problems

Read at:

http://www.technorati.com/search/desertification 

http://gamoonbat.blogspot.com/2007/03/niger-river-ecological-problems-niger.html

“The Niger River is a source of water and food for five African nations: Guinea, Mali, Niger, Benin, and Nigeria. Another five African nations have land that is part of the Niger Basin, totalling 2.3 million km2 and including the area drained by one very large tributary, the Benue River. While the Niger’s headwaters are in Guinea not far from the Atlantic Coast, the headwaters of the Benue River are east of Nigeria in Chad.

With a total length of about 4100 km, the Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, but it follows an arcuate path to reach the Atlantic Ocean a mere 1,700 kilometers from it’s source. Deforestation and farming of fragile soils, particularly in the upper and middle river reaches, are resulting in siltation that is changing the river’s hydrology and drastically reducing discharge in the lower reaches. Although international cooperation is not perfect, several nations and the nation of Niger in particular do have strong programs aimed at solving the ecological problems.

Drawing upon more than $2 million from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Niger’s “Programme to Protect the Banks of the Niger” focuses on building sand banks that will retain rain water and prevent it from carrying solid matter towards the river bed. Mahaman Laminou Attaou, national director for the environment in Niger’s Ministry of Water Affairs, Environment and the Fight Against Desertification, reports that more than 6,000 of the 100,000 hectares of land that need to be restored have been dealt with over the past four years. Attaou estimates that a further 7,500 hectares will be restored this year.

I tip my hat to Brian of Black Star Journal for the initial link to a story on ecological problems faced by the Niger River.”

Comment on “Bottle gardening” (Jenny Litchfield)

Here is Jenny Litchfield’s comment (and appreciation) on my former message “Bottle gardening – some experiments” :

It seems as if this would be a great way for children and youth to learn how to grow plants as part of their schooling“.

Jenny, I fully agree !

We need food, not lawns ! (Shawn Green)

Read today:

http://www.technorati.com/search/desertification

http://dancewithfate.blogspot.com/2007/03/food-not-lawns.html

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Food Not Lawns!

The vast expanse of forever-green American lawn is not only the most resource intensive agricultural crop in the world, but also an obscene icon to our arrogant privilege and total alienation from a life in harmony with nature.

For those of us living in the cities, surrounded by cars and concrete where we can’t even see the stars, it is not difficult to see the ways we are disconnected from nature, and the cycles out of which we receive the elements essential to life. This has enormous implications in how we interact both biologically and socially. Agri-culture, taken at the root to mean “culture of the soil” out of which all life springs, is related to all aspects of our cultural life. For example, today most of our foods come to us via established cultural institutions governed by a handfull of agro-chemical/ pharmaceutical/ life-sciences corporations. Our entire industrial civilization is needed to provide for our basic needs.

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Asian dust (Technorati)

I have read today: 

http://www.technorati.com/search/desertification

http://janicejaniceingerman.spaces.live.com/Blog/ 

 

Asian Dust (also yellow dust, or yellow sand)

“Asian Dust (also yellow dust, or yellow sand) is a seasonal meteorological phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China where high-speed surface winds and intense dust storms kick up dense clouds of fine, dry soil particles. These clouds are then carried eastward by prevailing winds and pass over China, North and South Korea, and Japan. Sometimes, the airborne particulates are carried much further, in significant concentrations which affect air quality as far east as the United States. Areas affected by the dust experience decreased visibility and the dust is known to cause health problems, such as sore throat and respiratory difficulties, in residents. The dust has been shown to increase the daily mortality rate in one affected region by 1.7%. The effects of the dust are not, however, strictly negative, as it is thought to enrich the soil of the regions where it is eventually deposited by contributing important trace minerals.

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Desertification prevention and treatment in China (People’s Daily on line)

Today I read at:

http://www.technorati.com/search/desertification

Desertification prevention and treatment will take time and hard work

“Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called for ‘unremitting efforts’ to halt desertification and promote sustainable economic and social development at a recently concluded meeting on desertification prevention and treatment.

Statistics show that of the 2070 counties in China, roughly 880 have been affected by desertification and more than 300 seriously. Approximately 400 million people are affected by the problem every year. Desertification causes a direct economic loss of 50 billion yuan or nearly US$7 billion each year. Beijing people remember well a day in April last year when a desert storm hit the city, leaving yellow dirt everywhere.

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Decreasing vulnerability to desertification (Resilience Science)

Decreasing vulnerability to desertification

Garry Peterson December 16th, 2006 in Vulnerability, Greenlash


 

Today I have been reading at:

http://rs.resalliance.org/index.php/2006/12/16/decreasing-vulnerability-to-desertification/

“SciDev.net reports that Forced migration from desertification and land degradation is an emerging environmental issue. Researchers are trying to identify policies that increase the resilience of agro-ecosystems to climate change and decrease social vulnerability to desertification:

Desertification could create more than 135 million refugees, as droughts become more frequent and climate change makes water increasingly scarce in dryland regions, warn UN experts. …”Migration is a top-of-mind political issue in many countries. We are at the beginning of an unavoidably long process,” said Janos Bogardi, director of the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security.

Drylands are home to one third of the world’s population, but they contain only eight per cent of global freshwater resources.

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