Climate governance and sustainable decentralised forest management in Burkina Faso

At a glance

2013-12-01 to 2018-12-31
Completed programmes
Burkina Faso
Min. of Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD), National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development (CONEDD), World Bank
Total budget
22,00 M€

Burkina Faso, a Sahelian country, has few natural resources and a climate particularly in the north characterised by insufficient and erratic rainfall, making it prone to droughts but also catastrophic floods. Various human pressures contribute to land degradation and water stress; climate variability and change add to these pressures. The economy is very dependent on agriculture, a sector particularly sensitive to climate conditions. The country's energy system, based to a large extent on the extraction of woodfuel, is unsustainable and leads to forest degradation, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
8,000,000.00 €

Overall objective

Promote a sustainable development path supporting poverty alleviation, increased resilience to climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and woodland degradation.

Specific objective

Specific objectives:

  • Support country climate change governance, in particular through the design of a national REDD+ strategy that is applied to institutional and legislative frameworks in different sectors and results in concrete investments in targeted zones.
  • Improve land use planning and economic activities around forest and woodland resources.
  • Establish guidance, best practices and knowledge management structures for sustainable natural resource management.

These objectives have been achieved through a GCCA contribution to the Decentralised Forest and Woodland Management project (Projet de gestion décentralisée des forêts et des espaces boisés or PGDFEB) managed by the World Bank in the wider framework of the Forest Investment Program, one of the three programmes under the Strategic Climate Fund set up by multilateral development banks.


Climate change and REDD+ are mainstreamed into sectoral frameworks and strategies.

This component supported the adoption of a REDD+ strategy that incorporates climate change adaptation and mitigation into sectoral frameworks, policies, activities and investments based on a broadly informative, gender-sensitive and consultative process. It focused on improving climate governance and the country's readiness for REDD+, consistent with the approach outlined in the REDD Readiness Proposal (R-PP) Burkina Faso submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility in July 2013.

Participatory planning and management of forests and woodlands is enhanced.

The drivers of deforestation and forest and woodland degradation were directly targeted by focusing on activities that reduced pressures on forests and woodlands in 26 rural communes and six urban communes in areas outside of targeted classified forests. Resources were allocated to the management, protection, and rehabilitation of woodlands, timber and non-timber forest resources, for wildlife management, for agro-forestry and alternative livelihoods, and to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

Coordination and information are enhanced, and knowledge is shared.

This component provided resources to support the implementation of REDD+, the FIP and climate change interventions at the programmatic as well as the project levels. Resources supported the integration of national and project-level initiatives, the mainstreaming of knowledge and lessons learned into further strategic development, as well as the dissemination of lessons learned across international, national, sub-national and local levels.

Achievements to date
  • At completion of the project, work was still underway to achieve the main outputs: the national REDD+ strategy; the SESA study, studies on legal and institutional aspects; the NEODD audit, the REDD Readiness Monitoring methodology, the incorporation of REDD+ into national policies and strategies and the cost-benefit analysis.

  • The 32 PDC (or PDIC) remain to be implemented in 2018 and 2019, planned with the external support of NGOs/firms; it remains to be seen whether the same participatory logic can be maintained in order to ensure the usefulness and sustainability of investments. An interesting participatory methodological choice is to be made: TerriStories (CIRAD method).

  • The mentioned communication tools have not been widely disseminated (4 films) and the website ( only presents general information of a general nature made for the general public on a journalistic rather than technical style. Studies and documents must be made available for downloading.