Description: 

A project to promote national development policies and support the definition and implementation of community-based natural resource management processes.

Background:

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in sub-Saharan West Africa, characterized by a semi-arid climate and with tropical dry forests. While the past 10 years have seen substantial economic growth, 43.9 percent of the country’s 14 million residents live below the poverty line, and 80 percent of the population is located in rural areas. The economy of Burkina Faso is primarily based in agriculture, which constitutes 40% of GDP, and is particularly vulnerable to fluctuating prices and deteriorating climactic conditions. These circumstances, coupled with a high rate of population growth and lack of strong institutional governance, are likely to hinder development and put the population at risk in future years.

Because forest resources are critically important for livelihoods and the economy, securing them is one pathway towards increased resilience and poverty reduction. Additionally, forests provide non-economic benefits to local populations, which can assist in alleviation of climate-related impacts. Finally, the same forests have significant potential as carbon sinks, and can alleviate desertification.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project is the result of a partnership between the Government of Burkina Faso, the World Bank Group, and CIF. CIF invested $16.5 million in FIP funding for the project, which will assist the government of Burkina Faso in implementation of a nationwide REDD+ strategy.

Currently, Burkina Faso’s framework for greenhouse gas emission reduction is not at a standard that would allow the country to move toward a climate resilient low-carbon development path. Developing a national REDD+ strategy will strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks that allow local populations to fully participate in sustainable forest and woodland initiatives. In addition, the project will improve the national REDD+ strategy through consultations with all stakeholders, thereby raising the profile of the program and ensuring consistency between local investments.

The project will provide investments for management, protection, and rehabilitation of forests and woodlands to enable participatory planning and management of these areas. Capacity building for local populations will enhance the ability of local governments, institutions, and civil society to effectively develop local projects. Land use management would also receive support through an emphasis on alternative livelihoods in order to reduce pressure on forests, as well as unsustainable forest management.

To strengthen coordination and information sharing, programmatic support will be provided for REDD+, FIP, and climate change projects. Inter-sectoral coordination will be emphasized, and lessons learned will be integrated into information sharing and management so that they can be used as a foundation for future projects. Finally, a monitoring and evaluation system will be established for all activities under the program, and it will be implemented under a national coordination unit so that gathered information can be used to assess best practices at both a local and national level. 

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This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision 
Approved on October 22, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 16.5 million (grant funding)
USD 325,000 (MPIS)

Comments and Responses: 
United Kingdom (September 18, 2013) 
United States (September 19, 2013) 
United Kingdom (September 20, 2013)