A project to improve the carbon sequestration capacity of gazetted forests while also reducing poverty in rural areas


Burkina Faso is a West African country characterized by a sahelian semi-arid climate and tropical dry forests. Approximately 25 percent (7 million hectares) of the country is forested and richly biodiverse. In recent years, the country has seen significant and sustained economic growth, which has caused the deforestation rate to grow to an annual rate of 0.8 percent. Biodiversity loss, soil degradation, loss of carbon sinks, and increased poverty are among the problems associated with deforestation, and are worsened by a lack of proper governance for remaining forests.

In recent years, the government of Burkina Faso has shown a commitment to the environment through the preparation of sectoral strategies for Environment, Forestry, adaptation and mitigation. Additionally, the country has seen successful development of pilot projects for forest conservation and agro-forestry. Given the interest of Burkina Faso’s government in promotion of sustainable environmental practices, successful projects have the potential to guide regional efforts for forest conservation and carbon sequestration.

Objectives and Outputs:

To address deforestation and associated issues, the Gazetted Forest Participatory Management Project (PGPFD) was implemented in 2014 through a partnership between the Government of Burkina Faso, the African Development Bank, and CIF. CIF contributed $11.5 million in FIP funding to the project, which will take place over four years with the aim of improving carbon sequestration capacity of gazetted forests while also reducing poverty in rural areas.

The PGPFD is defined by three components: reinforcement of forest governance, participatory development and management of forests, and project coordination and management. To enhance governance, development of the REDD+ benchmarking and MRV systems take place at the national level, and the legal and institutional framework associated with REDD+ will be reinforced. The second component, forest management, will constitute the bulk project resources. 12 gazetted forests totaling 284,000 hectares will be given clear boundaries and developed in accordance with PGDEB and PGFC/REDD+ standards. 6 forest management committees will be operationalized, various infrastructure associated with forest management will be constructed, and nearly 7,000 hectares will be reforested. Additionally, 180 producers’ groups will be trained and provided with equipment and infrastructure necessary for forest maintenance. Finally, administrative support will allow for project planning and coordination, financial management, project monitoring and evaluation, and annual auditing.

Successful implementation of the project will have a direct effect on nearly 5,400 producers, mostly smallholders and vulnerable women who depend on forest products for their livelihood. Indirect benefits will be provided to the entire population of the 31 municipal councils that are located near the forests included in the project, which are home to approximately 850,000 people, 52% of which are women. In addition to building the capacity of the affected population, the project will offer heightened climate resilience to the population through diversification of income sources.

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 | Technical Annex | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on October 22, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 11.5 million (grant funding)
USD 225,000 (MPIS)
Comments and Responses: 
United Kingdom (August 26, 2013)
United States (August 28, 2013)
Tinhinane (August 31, 2013)
United Kingdom (September 18, 2013)
United States (September 19, 2013)
AfDB Response to United States (September 11, 2013)
AfDB Response to United Kingdom & United States (September 17, 2013)
AfDB Responses to United Kingdom (September 18, 2013)