Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has limited natural resources and relies heavily on thermal fossil fuels. Burkina Faso’s economy is primarily based on agriculture, employing about 80% of the population, where cotton remains the country’s most important cash crop. Despite slow economic growth during 2014-2015, the economy is forecasted to have a positive outlook for the next three years depending on the newly elected government’s ability to foster political peace and institutional stability. The primary objective for PAGE is to integrate IGE goals and targets into the country's development plan.
Progress in 2016
The new government of Burkina Faso has committed to develop and adopt ambitious green economy targets and policies. PAGE's work in Burkina Faso in 2016 builds on earlier work on integrating inclusive green economy goals and targets into national planning documents. The new government of Burkina Faso has committed to develop and adopt:
National Strategy for Green Economy
- Providing support for design and adoption of the National Strategy for Green Economy and its Action Plan
- Supporting the government's efforts to green priority sectoral policies
- Building individual and institutional capacity on inclusive green economy
- Raising awareness about the benefits of green economy transition
Burkina Faso Green Economy Academy
Burkina Faso hosted its first Green Economy Academy in Ouagodougou from December 14 to 16, 2016, bringing together more than 300 participants from the government, the private sector and civil society to learn about and advance the Green Economy agenda in the country.
The Academy was hosted by the Government of Burkina Faso, through the Ministry of Environment, with the support of PAGE, the UN Environment-UNDP Poverty-Environment Initiative, Switch Africa Green and the Global Green Growth Initiative, in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie.
Green Economy Academies represent and important tool for PAGE countries, as they give policymakers, stakeholders and interested parties an opportunity to learn from one another and develop strategies to coordinate their activities for greater impact. An exhibition on “Green Economy in Practice” ran in parallel with the Academy, where many pilot projects on renewable energy, waste management and bio-products were presented to the public.
The National Academy on Green Economy leveraged momentum created by COP22 and transformed the political will to advance green economy in the country into action. The government of Burkina Faso is determined to mainstream green economy by drawing on the significant economic and environmental advances that the country has achieved in recent months, most notably the ratification of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the National Plan on Economic and Social Development. In this spirit, a first version of the National Green Economy Strategy – currently under development – was discussed and received feedback from participants during the Academy.
Exploring revenue streams for green economy transition
A fiscal study is nearing completion in Burkina Faso and will be revised to reflect the priorities of the new government. The study analyses and identifies fiscal instruments that can realistically be applied in key sectors.
Harnessing the power of partnerships
Integrating inclusive social policies and green business opportunities enables PAGE to deliver better, more contextually appropriate economic at the country level.
How does PAGE's work in Burkina Faso meet its objectives?
PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets. PAGE support was centred around stakeholder engagement for sustainability of these efforts and building partnerships for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.
Specifically in Burkina Faso, PAGE supported the organization of a National Academy on Green Economy which took place in December 2016. Also PAGE and the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change agreed to support the development of a National Green Economy Strategy, along with a three-year action plan for its implementation in Burkina Faso.
The aim of the strategy is to strengthen the integration of green economy in all sectors of development, which are key components of Burkina Faso's National Policy on Sustainable Development (PNDD).
In support of sector and thematic reforms in Burkina Faso, PAGE supported the execution of a fiscal study along with proposals for environmental taxation. These include accessible and realistic instruments in key economic sectors of mining, transport, energy, agriculture, and waste industries to help Burkina Faso’s green economy transition and can provide added revenue to the government.
The findings of this study can be used for inputs to the ongoing PAGE support to integrate IGE into the National Programme for Economic and Social Development and its implementation.
Green Economy Academies represent an important tool for PAGE countries, as it gives policymakers, stakeholders and interested parties an opportunity to learn from one another and develop strategies to coordinate their activities for greater impact.
In Burkina Faso, a three day National Green Economy Academy was held in December 2016 which brought together more than 300 participants from the government, the private sector and civil society to learn about and advance the green economy agenda in Burkina Faso.
PAGE also works in close collaboration with the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and SWITCH-Africa Green initiative in Burkina Faso to provide a coordinated support to the government for capacity building and institutional strengthening. A joint work-plan was developed by the three initiatives for 2015- 2016.
PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.
For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.