Burkina Faso remains one of the poorest countries in the world, and relies heavily on the primary industry sector, most notably gold mining and agriculture. The national development plan (2011-2015), ‘The Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development’ (SCADD )’ was aimed at driving sustainable economic growth, and a new plan, 2016-2020 is being drafted. In this context the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso requested support from PAGE in early 2014.
The main government focal point for PAGE work in Burkina Faso is the SP/CONEDD (Le Secrétariat Permanent du Conseil National pour l'Environnement et le Développement Durable).
In Burkina Faso, a joint workplan has been developed with two other major joint UN initiatives – the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI), and SWITCH Africa Green. Such joint work planning ensures programme synergies, and presents a ‘ONE UN’ offer to government.
PAGE objectives in Burkina Faso
The primary objective for PAGE is to integrate IGE goals and targets into the next development plan, the provisionally titled ‘SCADD 2’ (2016-2020). The challenging political environment has delayed the process of the formulation of the new development plan, but PAGE is continuing to provide technical support. Workstreams in Burkina Faso include:
Green Economy Assessment - The Burkina Faso Green Economy Assessment was completed in mid-2015, and is being used as an input into the national development plan process. The study examines the environmental, social and economic impacts of increased investment into the green economy. The study finds that such investments would reduce poverty, as well as decrease the rural urban divide. In addition, green economy policies will reduce environmental risks and increase crop production.
Green Fiscal Reform - PAGE is supporting the government on green fiscal policy, with an aim that the introduction of environmental fiscal policies will support the implementation of the next national development strategy. The study, in collaboration with the PEI, will examine the current environmental revenues and expenditures in Burkina Faso, and identify a series of reform options.
Green Industry Assessment – The report identifies potential green industrial policies, and makes a series of recommendations in order to promote green industrialization in Burkina Faso. The report is carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry.
National Investment Plan on the Environment and Sustainable Development – In 2013, the UNEP Green Economy Initiative, in collaboration with PEI, supported the government of Burkina Faso on this Investment Plan, named the ‘PNIEDD’. The plan will now be updated in line with new government priorities and as a document to assist with implementation of the new development strategy’s green economy components.
National Platform on Green Economy - A green economy platform is scheduled for early 2016. The platform will raise awareness of opportunities for a green economy transition in Burkina Faso. In addition, the platform will build capacity on formulating and implementing green economy strategies and policies.
National Green Economy Academy
In December 2016, Burkina Faso hosted a National Green Economy Academy. More information and learning resources can be found here.
New transition government installed in Burkina Faso
Stakeholder mobilization workshop
Burkina Faso joins PAGE
UNEP's GE Assessment Report published