REDD + and adaptation to climate change in Burkina Faso: Causes, agents and institutions.


This paper discusses the status and institutions involved in REDD+ and adaptation to climate change in Burkina Faso. The paper also incorporates advice and perceptions gathered in interviews semi-structured with experts and other persons practitioners in the environmental sector. Sahelian country, Burkina Faso was selected as a participant in the PIF through its substantial potential for carbon sequestration in dry forests in the world and its extensive experience in participatory management of natural resources. The forest area estimated at 305 238 ha undergo 13 degradation and deforestation accelerated in the double natural and human pressure. Overexploitation and unsustainable forest management amplified by the expansion agricultural and mining boom are the main drivers of degradation and deforestation. Through the PIF, Burkina Faso has developed and adopted its R-PP in 2012. The REDD+ benefits from existing policies and strategies favourable to it, but the analysis of their performance to reduce or enhance the degradation and deforestation of forest resources reveals that some policies have been guided by a logic of maximizing social and economic benefits more than environmental protection.

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