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Green Climate Fund: Local Governments in Burkina Discuss Resource Mobilization Strategies

The Green Climate Fund, a significant UN climate finance mechanism, emphasizes strengthening the capacity of developing countries like Burkina Faso to access funds. Awareness sessions on climate information are planned in 13 regions to inform local authorities and promote climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. These sessions will raise awareness of efforts to adapt to climate change.



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The issue of climate change is at the heart of the challenges facing the government of Burkina Faso and requires concerted action at all levels of governance. It is in this dynamic that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UNCN) received a donation from the Green Climate Fund through a preparation project entitled: “Strengthening the technical and operational capacities of the National Authority designated (AND) and its network,” to provide strategic support to stakeholders in the activities of the Green Climate Fund in Burkina Faso.

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The Green Climate Fund is the largest financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

This readiness project contributes to achieving the objectives of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness program, namely capacity development and the sharing of knowledge and learning. It aims overall to strengthen the capacities and technical and operational skills of the executive secretariat of the AND in Burkina Faso and its network, so that they can provide effective support for the development and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in Burkina Faso.

According to the designated national authority of the Green Climate Fund, Nebyida Lamech Kaboré, the Green Climate Fund is the largest financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dedicated to financing developing countries like Burkina Faso, to fight against climate change.

“As such, the Green Fund says that if a country considers that it does not have the capacity to access financing, this country can reformulate a request in the form of a Readiness project or preparatory program to strengthen its capacities. And who says preparation to write a good project, also speaks of information, data, skills to write this project. It is in this context that the Designated National Authority considered that if capacities must be strengthened, it should be allowed to reach out to the relevant actors who are in contact with communities in rural areas so that they know that there is funding somewhere and how to access this funding,” he explained.

It is within the framework of the implementation of said preparatory program that the organization of thirteen awareness sessions in the thirteen regions of the country on climate information is planned. Bobo-Dioulasso hosts the Hauts-Bassins session.

The participants, numbering 25, are actors from local authorities (members of special regional and municipal delegations) and public administration. Thus, the Executive Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in Burkina Faso, coordinated by the Designated National Authority of the Green Climate Fund, is responsible for leading this session in collaboration with the IUCN. The methodological approach of the session is participatory and includes presentations, videos, direct and open exchanges in plenary and group work.

These sessions will raise awareness among local governments, namely members of regional and municipal councils, of efforts to adapt to climate change and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions at the national and international levels.

Specifically, this involves informing stakeholders in the Hauts-Bassins region about climate change as well as the national political and institutional mechanisms put in place to mobilize climate financing; to reduce information gaps between central and local administrations as well as between scientists and local communities; to inform regional and local actors about the mechanisms and procedures of the GCF; and to discuss the strengthening of synergy between local and central actors with a view to mobilizing resources from the GCF and other climate funds.

In the words of the IUCN program manager, delivered by Boyla Bassourou, project manager at IUCN, he stressed that the preparatory project (Readiness), financed by the Green Climate Fund, aims to strengthen skills technical and operational aspects of the Executive Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in Burkina Faso as well as its network. For him, IUCN and its partners are aware that achieving Burkina’s climate commitments requires the existence of reliable and available climate information and skills at all national administrative scales to enable theory to be translated into practice.

“This session is not limited to a simple transmission of knowledge. It is designed to be interactive and practical, focusing on mechanisms and procedures of the Green Climate Fund and tools for proposing project ideas,” he suggested. The opening of the works was chaired by the director of the cabinet of the governorate of the Hauts-Bassins region. He indicated that this preparatory program is of capital importance for the Hauts-Bassins region and for the whole of Burkina Faso.

According to the director of the cabinet of the Hauts-Bassins governorate, this awareness session is a valuable opportunity to inform stakeholders on the issues of climate change, on the policies and mechanisms put in place to mobilize the necessary financing. “We seek to reduce the information gaps between central and decentralized administrations, between specialists in the field and local communities, in order to strengthen our collective response to this global challenge,” he said. He also invited participants to share their knowledge and experiences, and to explore together innovative solutions to meet the challenges of climate change in the Hauts-Bassins.


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