Promotion of intensive agroforestry systems in support of the implementation of the national strategy for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)

At a glance

Duration
2020-01-01 to 2024-12-31
Status
Active programmes
Country
Cote D'ivoire
Total budget
8,50 M€

A combination of factors has led to an annual deforestation rate of the Ivorian forest of around 5.2%, which remains the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, corresponding to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 31,178 T CO2 eq. in 2014 (BUR1, 2017). This dramatic deforestation contributes to disrupting rainfall patterns, limits agricultural productivity, and thus creates a worrying vicious circle for the future of the agricultural sector that climate change will only exacerbate.

Countries

Aware of the environmental challenges at the national level, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, through the Ministry in charge of the Environment (MINSEDD), is committed to a vast program to improve environmental and climate governance.

In order to achieve the results of this program, the Government, through the Ministry in charge of the Environment (MINSEDD) and more precisely its Directorate in charge of the Fight against Climate Change (DLCC), has expressed its interest in benefiting from the support of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+).

This agroforestry project aims to create a vegetation cover in areas used for agriculture to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration. The conservation of soil fertility induced by the presence of these trees is expected to improve agricultural conditions in existing forests by the possibility of recultivation of forest areas after a cycle of 5 to 6 years. It thus contributes to the search for global solutions to a growing problem in Côte d'Ivoire.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
8,500,000.00 €

Specific objective

Carbon storage, soil restoration, increased community income and food security are effective in the project area.




Outputs

P1: Agroforestry perimeters integrating fast-growing trees into food crops are created/developed and communities formed;

P2: The climate monitoring and governance system is strengthened at the local and national levels.

P3: The targeted communities are sensitized and promote agroforestry.




Activities

P1: Agroforestry perimeters integrating fast-growing trees into food crops are created/developed and communities are trained.


A1: Participatory delimitation with the communities of the sites where agroforestry activities are to be carried out ;
A2: Participatory implementation of adapted agroforestry perimeters on the identified sites;
Each site have its own specificity in terms of community use, land tenure and the state of the ecosystems.
A3 Training of women's groups in intensive agroforestry, entrepreneurship, financial management and access to micro-financing and micro-credits;
A.4 Structuring and supervision of income-generating sectors to ensure their sustainability
A5 Support to producers in the process of acquiring land certificates ;

P2: . The climate monitoring and governance system is strengthened at the local and national levels.

A1. Support for the development of a local MRV pilot system (Measurement, Reporting and Verification);
A2. NDC monitoring system is in place
A.3 Local monitoring allows linking climate commitments to local conditions.

P3: The targeted communities are sensitised and promote agroforestry.

A1. Sensitisation of village communities to the interest of agroforestry.
A2. Development of community radio programmes on reducing forest degradation through agroforestry ;
A3 Creation of a web platform linked to the Ministry of Environment's website and publication of an annual GCCA+ Côte d'Ivoire newsletter;



Achievements to date

(Last reporting for the year 2021)

The activities carried out during 2021 have enabled significant progress towards achieving the project's objectives. Some slight delays have nevertheless been observed, notably due to the COVID pandemic, which has slowed down the implementation of certain activities.

Regarding Result 1, the objectives related to the establishment of agroforestry plots are well on track. At the end of the 2021 campaign, 707 producers will have established agroforestry plots on a total area of 811 ha. These satisfactory results provide the MRV experts with material to start the process. In Dabakala department, 58 villages have been targeted for the 2021 agroforestry campaign. 436 producers, including 11 women, planted 426 ha. In the department of Kong, agroforestry plots were established in 38 villages by 271 producers, including 13 women.

For Result 2, progress is minimal. As the process of contracting out the subcontracting has been delayed, a preliminary study on the MNV mechanism in Côte d'Ivoire has been carried out by the project in order to have the basic data to enable the structure to start up quickly once the contract has been signed.


Regarding Result 3, activities to promote agroforestry were carried out during the reporting period. Thirteen events were organised with volunteer producers in the plots in order to allow farmers to get a first-hand feel for the realities of the agroforestry project and to exchange views with the plot owners on their past experience. These exchange visits allowed the participation of 487 producers (visitors and visited) of which 422 were men and 65 women (15%). Collaboration with local radio stations took place during the period through partnership contracts with the radio stations of Dabakala and Kong. 4 radio programmes were developed and 6 broadcasts were made on the two radio stations.