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Burkina Faso

Last Updated
June 2023
41.2 %
Forest Cover
5 Mha
Committed Area to Restore by 2030
Burkina Faso
Doulkom Adama

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Projects in Burkina Faso

Our Approach


Steps to Success

Stakeholder involvement

Burkina Faso has necessarily involved all LDN stakeholders to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, finally to achieve the ambition of neutrality of degraded lands. We have a popular saying that many streams make a great river! Thus, we need to address land degradation and climate change from several different directions to make a difference. The partners are made up of agents from ministries, governments in bilateral and multilateral cooperation, international companies, private companies, NGOs, local communities, etc.

A coordination mechanism

The implementation of a process of such scope requires the support and involvement of all stakeholders at the various stages. This concern led the authorities to set up a high-level committee to oversee the process. The role of this Committee is to supervise the activities of the working group and to validate them throughout the various stages. Its creation is therefore a concretization of pillar 1 of the program "Leveraging on LDN". Chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry in charge of the environment, this committee is made up of:

  • Secretaries General of the ministries of the rural sector (Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry), research, regional planning, decentralization , Finance, Energy, Mines;
  • Permanent Secretary for the Coordination of Agricultural Sector Policies (SP/CPSA) and the Permanent Secretary of the National Council for Sustainable Development (SP/CNDD);
  • CILSS, UNDP, FAO, OIM-BF, European Union;
  • Confederation Paysanne du Faso and the Permanent Secretariat of NGOs;
  • Coordinator of the Great Green Wall Initiative for the Sahara and the Sahel

Capacity Building

Two strategic objectives are targeted by this axis: (i) strengthening the technical capacities of the actors, (ii) strengthening the operational capacities of the actors. By strengthening the technical capacities of actors, this strategic objective aims to strengthen the technical capacities of actors in Water and Soil Conservation / Soil Defense and Restoration (CES/DRS) and Two effects are expected (EA) from this strategic objective namely (i) qualified and sufficient human resources are available, (ii) producers have the knowledge and skills required for sustainable land management.


The Global Mechanism, the implementing body of the UNCCD, in cooperation with the executive secretariat of the convention and other partners, has set up a program which aims to support countries in leading the process. Concretely, the process is based on 4 pillars:

  1. Leverage LDN: ensure the involvement of decision-makers and all stakeholders concerned with sustainable land management.
  2. Assess LDN: establish a baseline for LDN: baseline values and mapping of land condition and degradation factors.
  3. Define voluntary LDN targets and associated measures, with regard to the reference situation.
  4. Achieve LDN: Integrate LDN into national policies and identify transformative projects and programs, as well as innovative financing mechanisms.

Key Milestones

  • The National Forest Policy

Our Vision

A Sahelian country confronted for more than three decades by desertification and its consequences, Burkina Faso is a key stakeholder in the international and regional fight against environmental degradation and poverty.

One of its engagements in this domain is active participation in TerrAfrica, the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), an African enterprise supported by the international community. The goal of the Great Green Wall is to put an end to food and nutrition insecurity and to land degradation.

To ensure that these actions become permanently implemented and benefit the right people, Burkina Faso has opted to pursue a policy of decentralization.

Seeing the adoption of the SDGs by the international community and the approval of the concept of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), Burkina Faso committed itself to defining voluntary national targets to attain LDN. In order to stop land degradation in Burkina Faso, the country has committed to reaching land degradation neutrality by 2030 through the restoration of 5 million hectares of degraded land and by preventing the degradation of non-degraded land.

Through 2030, the realization of these objectives will cost $2.7 billion USD.

Priority Interventions: 

  • Create a cross-border program between Burkina Faso and Niger for the restoration of natural capital and the resilience of local communities.
  • Reinforce the Fight against Desertification and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) at different scales to create better synergy among actors
  • Spread best practices for SLM and climate change adaptation
  • Improve food and nutrition security, as well as the incomes of producers through the promotion of revenue-generating activities and by supporting vulnerable households
  • Put in place a program of environmental education and training for actors in the fight against land degradation and for the sustainable management of the environment
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Burkina Faso : Donner une nouvelle vie aux terres dégradées

Au Burkina Faso, la dégradation des terres constitue une menace grave au développement durable. Les superficies de terres dégradées et dénudées représentent plus de 24% de la surface agricole totale. Ce phénomène contribue à diminuer les surfaces agricol


3 Resources
in Burkina Faso

Scaling up Regreeing:Six Steps to Success
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The Quiet Revolution: How Niger's farmers are regreening the croplands of the Sahel
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Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, CILSS, p.219
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