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The German government this month approved €10 million to support the second stage of an innovative project in West Africa that aims to help planners assess the impact of their actions on water resources.

Researchers from Germany and Ghana are working together on the project to create a model of how climatic, environmental, social and economic variables affect the Volta Basin, which comprises parts of Ghana, Burkina Faso and several adjacent countries.

By 2006, they hope to be able to use the model to make practical decisions about water management in the region.

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Reference: Nature 424, 359 (2003)

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