Reducing vulnerability of natural resource dependent livelihoods in two landscapes at risk of the effects of climate change in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is expected to face significant consequences from climate change, particularly to its scarce water resources, and impacting on its already highly vulnerable rural populations. The impacts of climate variability and change are felt so severely because livelihoods and production systems are so tightly linked to the availability of rain, and that other livelihood supports are not well-developed enough to provide a viable alternative.
This project aims to reduce local communities’ vulnerability to the additional risks posed by climate change and build their resilience. It focuses efforts on the natural resource management sectors in the Boucles du Mouhoun (BdM) Forest Corridor and the Mare d’Oursi (MdO) Wetlands Basin, areas of nationally important strategic water resources. The project will achieve its aim first by increasing knowledge and understanding of climate variability and change-induced risks in the project targeted areas. A significant portion of the project will work at local levels in the BdM and MdO zones to strengthen the climate resilience of key agro-ecological and hydrological systems and of natural resource dependent livelihoods. The practical approach will involve demonstration and upscaling of ecosystem based adaptation methods. Finally, the project will integrate climate adaptive management of agro-ecological and hydrological systems into key sectoral planning and investment frameworks. Since the project is pioneering for the region, a great emphasis is placed on building an evidence base for interventions, communicating lessons, and building capacity.
The project objective is to reduce local communities’ vulnerability to the additional risks posed by climate change and build their resilience with focus on the natural resource management sectors in the Boucles du Mouhoun Forest Corridor and the Mare d’Oursi Wetlands Basin. The three intended outcomes are (1) Increase knowledge and understanding of climate variability and change-induced risks in the project targeted areas generated by a customised geo-based agro-ecological and hydrological information system, (2) Strengthen the climate resilience of key agro-ecological and hydrological systems and of natural resource dependent livelihoods in the BdM and MdO are by focusing on vulnerable natural and social assets in target project sites, and (3) Integrate climate adaptive management of agro-ecological and hydrological systems in the BdM Forest Corridor and the MdO Wetlands Basin into key sectoral planning and investment frameworks with focus on local and regional levels.
An innovative combination of building naturla and social assests at the local project zones level is pursued, including through Ecosystem-based Adapation (EBA). It is recognised that the natural assest in the two project zones are critical to maintaining ecosystem functions esepcailly related to water. As water resources are under particular threat by climate change and human-induced pressures their conservation is of particular concern to Burkina Faso.
The project is executed through the Ministry of the Environment and Livelihoods, Permanent Secretariat for the National Advisory on the Environment and Sustainable Development (SP / CONEDD), in collaboration with regional and local partners. Overall $7 Mio are allocated from the LDCF to this intervention.