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Côte D'ivoire

Last Updated
May 2023
5 Mha
Committed Area to Restore by 2030
32.7 %
Forest Cover
13 / Projets
Active Restoration Projects
Côte D'ivoire
Commandant Célestin Ahoutou

Commandant Célestin Ahoutou
AFR100 Focal Point, Côte D'ivoire

Projects in Côte D'ivoire

Our Approach


Steps to Success

Civil society engagement in Agenda 21

Regarding the monitoring of desertification in Côte d'Ivoire, Agenda 21 has generated unprecedented mobilization on the part of civil society. The actions of civil society focused mainly on information, sensitization and education of populations in sustainable land management. The fields of intervention of the NGOs are diversified and range from raising awareness among the general public, especially women and young people, on the importance of optimal management of the environment, to the conduct of integrated projects in the field. Overall, about ten NGOs are active in the field. Several networks exist. The most representative are: ANOPACI, ILES, ROAD-CI AIDE ODIENNE, DVNIA CD, LAGAHOUN, Federation of Forestry Unions.

Stakeholder involvement

The working group is essentially composed of different sectors which are the Félix Houphouët Boigny University (UFHB), the Ministry of Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (MINSEDD), the National Commission for Sustainable Development (CNDD), the National Office for Technical Studies and Development (BNETD), the National Center for Agronomic Research (CNRA), the Airport, Aeronautical and Meteorological Exploitation and Development Company (SODEXAM), the National Center for Remote Sensing and Computing (CNTIG), the National Committee of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CONACILSS), the Ministry of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad (MIAIE) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs ).

A coordination mechanism/platform

Côte d'Ivoire is committed to creating a national platform for sustainable land and water management (PNGDTE) bringing together stakeholders in the fight against land degradation to help in the effective implementation of policies as well as national activities for the sustainable management and restoration of land and landscapes. The LDN Working Group coordinates National Landscape Restoration activities in the country.

Capacity Building

Côte d'Ivoire will:

  • Strengthen the capacities of actors through awareness campaigns;
  • Set up an information system on activities to combat land degradation;
  • Strengthen awareness on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DDTS) at all levels;
  • Popularize the existing legislative texts relating to DLDD in the form of simple documents and broadcasts (mass media) to accelerate their appropriation/application and to sensitize the national opinion at the base, the actors and the partners.

Côte d'Ivoire also undertakes to assess the impact of public policies / laws / programs / projects for the fight against land degradation by integrating policies for the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of land in the processes of public decision in the PND and in sectoral policies.


A partnership initiative is also implemented by the Secretariat and the UNCCD Global Mechanism with the contribution of the following partners: France, Germany, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the European Space Agency , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Environment Facility, ISRIC Global Soil Information System, International Union for Conservation of Nature, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Soil Leadership Academy, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Program and World Resources Institute.

TerrAfrica program

Aware of the importance of restoring degraded land in its country, Côte d'Ivoire is a member of TerrAfrica and has since been leading actions that should lead to neutrality in terms of land degradation. The program aims to improve, through sustainable management, the productivity of the land on which people depend for their survival. Consequently, the State is carrying out activities with the aim of amplifying support for approaches and investments devoted to sustainable land management. These efforts support the achievement of the objectives of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as well as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and the Environment Action Plan of the NEPAD.

Key Milestones

Cote d'Ivoir pledged to restore 5 million hectares of degraded land by 2030
Key Milestones

Our Vision

Côte d'Ivoire's vision is to "combat desertification, restore degraded lands and soils, including lands affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a world without land degradation by 2030. Through this high-level political note, Côte d'Ivoire intends to demonstrate its desire to ensure the Land Degradation Neutrality by favoring an approach based on stopping and restoring land degraded through consistency of its sectoral policies, strengthening its mechanisms and implementation tools.

Priority Interventions: 

  • Reforestation and Natural regeneration of production forests
  • Protection and natural regeneration, including enrichment planting of Parks
  • Protection, natural regeneration and enrichments planting of coastal forest, riparian forests, wetlands
  • Enrichment planting of indigenous trees in Cocoa Agroforests, other tree crop systems and Development of Tree Plantations
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3 Resources
in Côte D'ivoire

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)
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Forests4Future global project: Côte d’Ivoire country module
Projet mondial Forests4Future Module Côte d’Ivoire