Technical Validation Workshop of Burkina Faso’s Green Cities Guidelines

On September 17, 2019, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) organized a technical workshop to validate the development of guidelines for green cities in Burkina Faso. This session involved several actors, including some ministerial departments, local and regional authorities, the private sector, civil society and development partners.

The main objective of the workshop was to validate the Guidelines for green cities in Burkina Faso.

The ceremony began with GGGI’s Country Representative, Mallé FOFANA’s welcome message to all the participants at this important workshop on the development of the guidelines for green cities. He also stressed the necessity for cities to start the transition by integrating the green growth model which is crucial to ensure sustainable urban development. Following the welcome message of the Country Representative, the Permanent Secretary of  Urban Planning and Habitat, Mr. Stanislas Bienvenu Goungounga, expressed his gratitude to GGGI for their support in the development of the Green City Guidelines, “which will serve as a consensual tool of orientation to implement the National Policy of Habitat and Urban Development for Burkina Faso”.

GGGI’s experts presented the green cities guidelines for Burkina Faso focusing more on the terms of reference and the methodology of the mission, the pillars and the guidelines for green cities.

During the session, discussions focused on : (i) the quality of infrastructure projects, (ii) the institutional plan to be improved, (iii) the reinstatement of green spaces, (iv) the low exploitation of plots allocated to populations, (v) the solutions proposed in the framework of green cities to cope with urban sprawl, (vi) comments and inputs on the draft of Green Cities Guidelines.

The closing of the ceremony was marked by the validation of the guidelines for Green Cities by the representative of the Permanent Secretary of of Urban Planning and Habitat. He also acknowledged all participants for their attendance, contribution and commitment during the process.