Announcement: press event on the future of the Niger River in Africa
Presentation of the new facts and forecasts about the impacts of planned dams as well as climate change on the Niger River marshes and the people and nature depending on these.
Tuesday 13 March 2012
15.00 – 15.30
Press centre World Water Forum, Marseille
The combined impacts of planned hydropower and irrigation schemes and a warmer climate will regularly cause extreme low water levels in the West Sahelian Niger River. This will impact the millions downstream who depend on the seasonally inundated lakes and marshes. Catastrophic low water levels now only occurring once every 30 years will become a regular phenomenon in the future. Wetlands International will present new figures based on several research projects with partners.
Presentation and materials in French (10 min), and English (5 minute summary on request).
15.00 Presentation Bakary Kone (French)
15.10 Short summary of Bakary Kone (English)
15.15 Fred Pearce (Author of ‘When The Rivers Run Dry’) will provide a short reflection on the issue
+31 6 50601917 (mobile)
The presentation will be made available on wetlands.org/WWF6 just after the event or will be mailed on request.