Benin has adequate water resources for food production, drinking water and nature conservation. Nevertheless, unsustainable agricultural and other land-use practices and water use, combined with the anticipated effects of climate change and population growth threaten the water resources. As more West African countries, Benin is already confronted with large environmental problems such as seasonal water shortages, (urban) pollution, salinization and increasing damage due to flooding. For this reason Benin adopted Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as the key policy to manage its large problems with water resources in a sustainable way.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
van der Kwast, J.; van den Bergh, D.; Mama, D.; Hounkpe, P.; and de Schutter, J.
"Development of a Spatial Data Infrastructure for the water sector of Benin,"
Open Water Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 27.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/openwater/vol2/iss1/27