Burkina Faso National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Coordination Mechanism Evaluation Workshop

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; November 2nd -3rd, 2022- The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), organized jointly with the Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development, a stakeholder consultation workshop on the functioning of the current National Adaptation Plan (NAP) coordination mechanism. The purpose of the workshop was to make recommendations to make the coordination mechanism much more operational.

Burkina Faso is highly exposed to the adverse effects of climate change because of its geographical location in the central Sudano-Sahelian zone of West Africa. Aware of this, in May 2015 the government led the development of the NAP to climate change. The assessment of the implementation of the NAP for the period 2015-2020 revealed numerous weaknesses and dysfunctions. To remedy these weaknesses, the Government, through the National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), mobilized a grant from the Green Climate Fund for the implementation of the NAP Readiness Program. This program aims to support the implementation of Burkina Faso’s NAP by integrating adaptation into the local planning process, strengthening institutional frameworks, and developing a financing strategy and concept notes.

During this workshop, participants were able to deepen their understanding of Burkina Faso’s National Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the status of its implementation and NAP Readiness programme. They then discussed the appropriate coordination mechanism for the successful implementation of the NAP (its structure, functioning, institutional arrangement and capacity-building needs) at national and regional levels.

With regard to the coordination mechanism, the main observations made by the participants are:

– the inefficiency (due to insufficient financial resources) and poor organization of the current coordination mechanism of the NAP;

– the absence or non-consideration of regional and communal levels in the system.

They then proposed the establishment of the following bodies;

– For the central level: The National Climate Change Committee and the SP/CNDD as well as the NAP Focal Points within the institutions and structures concerned with Climate Change. These bodies will be responsible for the coordination and monitoring and evaluation of the NAP;

– At the regional level, the Regional Dialogue Framework (CRD) will ensure the follow-up and supervision of the NAP with the Regional Directorate in charge of environment as Focal Point. Therefore, they proposed the designation of a Focal Point at the communal level.

Finally, participants agreed that for achieving the NAP objectives, the following recommendations should be implemented.

– the permanent strengthening of the actors involved in the implementation of the NAP;

– the allocation of sufficient resources for the functioning of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism and the holding of the sessions of the steering committee

– the communication strategy, and the strategy for mobilizing resources for the plan must be developed and made operational.