Mauritania - National Integrated Rural Water Sector Project (PNISER)

Project Summary

Approval Date 07 Dec 2012
Signature Date 12 Feb 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 8,244,172.55
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The National Integrated Rural Water Sector Project (PNISER) is part of the overall policy of the water resource sector's development and management in Mauritania, particularly in rural areas. It is located in the wilayas of Gorgol and Brakna (Southeast) and Tagant (Center). The PNISER focuses on a programmatic approach and a strategic vision highlighting the multiple uses of water. This project is based on a participatory and integrated approach whose innovation lies in: (i) taking into account human, pastoral and agricultural needs given their economic and social role; ii) a strategic vision to develop a structured action framework integrating the sector’s needs by 2030; iii) a better synergy between the departments involved to go beyond the limits of the sector's approach. In other words, its implementation will enable the construction of water and sanitation Infrastructures (drinking water, pastoral and small-scale irrigation) in deficit areas and for vulnerable populations as well as the development of a national program and an action plan for the various water uses, which will allow a better coordination of the operations and contribute to boost investments in the water sector thanks to a coherent institutional framework of integrated management based on the program’s approach. The project will be implemented over a period of five years starting in January 2013.

Project Objectives

The main objective of the project is to: (i) improve the living conditions of rural and pastoral populations through water supply for different uses (drinking water, small-scale irrigation, pastoral water supply and sanitation) and (ii) enhance the sector's governance through the development of an integrated national strategy for water resource mobilization and management.


The main beneficiaries are rural populations, cattle breeders, vulnerable rural groups, especially women who are very active in market gardening, as well as youths, craftsmen, SMES and the technical services in charge of water resources and rural development. More than 250,000 heads of livestock will benefit from improved water availability for watering. Approximately 40 ha of small irrigated areas will benefit women and youths, and will generate additional income.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Rural Water Supply & Sanitation
Government Of Mauritania
Ministère de l’Hydraulique et de l’Assainissement


IATI identifier 46002-P-MR-EAZ-007
Other IATI identifier CA-3-M012945001
Last Update 05 Oct 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Mauritania
Coordinates Location Name
17.8665 -14.6588 Wilaya du Trarza
16.5956 -11.9092 Assaba
17.6314 -13.4103 Brakna
16.0533 -12.8244 Gorgol
15.3811 -12.3556 Guidimaka
19 -7.25 Hodh ech Chargui
16.5 -10 Hodh el Gharbi
18.6967 -10.2075 Tagant