24 Nov '11, 11am

Paper published today by @IIED warns that #Africa #governments are signing away #water #rights for decades:

The water rights often feature in the growing number of large land deals that governments are signing with investors (see First detailed study of large land acquisitions in Africa warns of impacts on poor rural people ) as many of these areas require irrigation to be viable. Such deals have already raised concerns for being rushed, secretive and one-sided. Many fail to deliver real benefits and can even create new social and environmental problems (see Report shows how secret land deals can fail to benefit African nations – and how to make them better ). Now, researchers at IIED warn that governments risk signing away water rights in ways that harm the future prospects of their citizens, especially fishermen and pastoralists, who rely on the same water as the investors. Some investors in Mali and Sudan have been given unrestricted access to as much water as they need. "Com...

Full article: http://www.iied.org/natural-resources/media/african-gover...

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