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Last Updated
May 2023
10 Mha
Committed to restore by 2030
13 %
Forest Cover
0.5 Mha
Under Restoration
Captain Kaba DIALLO

Captain Kaba DIALLO
AFR100 Focal Point

Mahammad DIALLO
Communication Focal Person

Projects in Mali

Our Approach


Steps to Success

Stakeholder involvement

Achieving neutrality targets by 2030 is conditional on the adoption and implementation of legislative, political, institutional and technical measures. These measures will help raise awareness among all stakeholders on issues related to poor land use/occupation practices and create synergies between all stakeholders in the LDN process. Support for the forestry sector in Mali is part of the strong commitment of its technical and financial partners (the European Union, the World Bank, Swedish-Belgian and German Cooperation, etc.) in favor of green growth and climate internationally, through programs and projects related to Climate Change, Desertification, Drought, Sustainable Land and Water Management.

A coordination mechanism/platform

The working group and Technical and Financial Partners, led by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is the instrument for coordinating LDN actions and institutional dialogue with the Malian State. Exchanges with more distant partners such as the African Development Bank and the World Bank remain the responsibility of the government and the working group in particular. The African Initiative to Combat Desertification "AI-CD" to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa will also ensure the regional coordination of the efforts planned and carried out within the framework of the combating land degradation and restoring landscapes.

Capacity Building

The notable achievements expected are, among others:

  • Technical and methodological support to the Ministry in charge of the Environment, Planning, Economy and Finance, and to Local Authorities for the integration of poverty-environment links in medium and long-term planning objectives ;
  • The development of institutional capacities of public institutions (central directorates, National Assemblies, Economic and Social Council and other institutions) for the integration of poverty-environment links, climate change, landscape restoration and the gender approach in their plans workbooks and diaries;
  • The strengthening of intra- and inter-sector coordination mechanisms at the national level for the sustainable management of natural and environmental resources.
  • Strengthening of institutional and individual capacities for the improvement of planning and budgeting processes in favor of pro-poor environmental sustainability;
  • Development of national capacities for better consideration of Climate Change (adaptation and mitigation) in planning and budgeting processes at national and local levels.


The government has noted that sustainable land management and degradation neutrality requires the efforts of many partners. It should be remembered that similar partnership mechanisms between the State and communities have been developed in the past with rather mixed results and in many cases controversial. The success of partnerships involving the private sector would be an opportunity to review the approaches tested and improve them. In view of its potential impact, SFM is a real instrument for promoting LDN both in terms of degradation avoidance strategies and in restoration actions. These public-private partnerships open up new prospects for financing the protection and improvement of the national forest estate with the benefit of providing and maintaining a multitude of ecosystem services.

Key Milestones

National Wetlands Policy in Mali  & Agricultural Land Policy of Mali (PFA)

Our Vision

The commitments reflect Mali's ambition to address land degradation by 2030 through avoidance actions, very proactive actions to restore degraded land, in accordance with the principle of the hierarchy of responses of the LDN process.
The Great Green Wall is a gigantic project requiring the contribution of all Sahelian countries. Its realization will give real meaning to the Environment component of the African Development Agency AUDA – NEPAD in partnership with the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100).
Implementation should be based on the Malian States' own resources and then on the contribution of development partners and the private sector.
The personal involvement of the Head of State and Government of Mali in the fight against Desertification, Drought, Sustainable Land and Water Management, the Restoration of Forest Landscapes is a guarantee of success.

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Restoring the Dentaga forest in the Inner Niger Delta, Mali

Since January 2012, Mali is facing a war waged by the Tuareg separatists and the Islamists who are occupying the northern part of the country. One of the consequences of this war is the establishment of insecurity in the northern part of the Niger River