Volta Basin Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis
Towards the end of the 1990s, increasing pressure on the region’s natural resources, in particular on water, and an increase in the number of floods, led to a realization among the six countries of the Volta Basin of the need for a closer and more coordinated approach to managing the basin’s resources. This brought the countries together and led to the establishment of the Volta Basin Technical Committee and subsequent creation of the Volta Basin Authority and the Convention on the Status of the Volta River and the Establishment of the Volta Basin Authority. To address environmental and social concerns in the basin, and in line with international best practices, the UNEP-GEF Volta Project, Addressing Transboundary Concerns in the Volta Basin and its Downstream Coastal Areas, in collaboration with the Volta Basin Authority, has prepared this Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), with a subsequent Strategic Action Programme (SAP) currently in preparation. This TDA provides a participatory and scientific assessment of the Volta Basin, the threats to the basin’s resources, and the causes underlying those threats. Building on the earlier preliminary TDA (UNEP/GEF, 2002), it uses updated information and analysis, and follows recent international guidance on transboundary diagnostic methodologies. The TDA provides a mechanism for improved and collaborative decision-making at the regional level. Notably, it forms the sound basis for the SAP.
02 Apr 2020