Adapting natural resource dependent livelihoods to climate induced risks in selected landscapes in Burkina Faso: the Boucles du Mouhoun Forest Corridor and the Mare dOursi Wetlands Basin

Lead country

Burkina Faso

Participating countries

Burkina Faso

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From January 8, 2015 to January 8, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  2. 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning
  3. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Project ID: 4598

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation


  • Wetlands
  • Forests

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Governance
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Capacity building


  • Institutional framework
  • Ecosystem mitigation and adaptation
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion


Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women farmers
  • Women's cooperatives and groups

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction

About this project


The project focuses its efforts on the natural resource management sectors in the Boucles du Mouhoun (BdM) Forest Corridor, which runs along the Mouhoun River in the Region of Boucle de Mouhoun, and in the Mare d'Oursi (MdO) Wetlands Basin located in the Region of Sahel. Both are landscapes of strategic importance to conserve water resources and livelihoods' systems. The main goal is to reduce vulnerability to climate change of local communities' and build their resilience through an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) approach. Burkina Faso is projected to be affected significantly by climate change, particularly by the increase of water scarcity. Impacts are already felt by highly vulnerable rural populations, on livelihoods and food production systems. The project responds to a priority of the National Action Plan for Adaptation (NAPA). It has a specific focus on strengthening natural and social assets that are vulnerable to climate change, such as the management of forests, soil, fire, natural pasture and wetlands as key social and natural assets that render essential services to people and sustain their economic activities. The project aims to achieve three Outcomes: (1) Increased knowledge and understanding of climate variability and change-induced risks in the project targeted areas generated by a customized geo-based agro-ecological and hydrological information system; (2) The climate resilience of key agro-ecological and hydrological systems and of natural resource dependent livelihoods the BdM and MdO are strengthened by focusing on vulnerable natural and social assets in target project sites; and (3) Climate adaptive management of agro-ecological and hydrological systems in the BdM Forest Corridor and the MdO Wetlands Basin are integrated into key sectoral planning and investment frameworks with focus on local and regional levels.


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 Boucle du Mouhoun Forest Corridor and the Mare d"Oursi Wetlands Basin.

USD $7,120,000

Grant amount

USD $30,822,541

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($7,120,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Burkina Faso

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