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Reforestation in Burkina: The Association for the Preservation and Restoration of Nature Injects 171 million CFA francs into Two Sites

More than 10,000 trees have been planted. The reforestation took place on Saturday March 16, 2024, in Ouagadougou. Reforestation efforts in Burkina Faso encompass two sites totalling 12.5 hectares. Infrastructure development and repairs cost 171 million CFA francs, creating 300 temporary jobs. The initiative aims to mitigate climate change effects and boost local employment.




Reforestation was carried out on two sites in Burkina Faso. The first site has an area of ​​10 hectares. The second is a 2.5 hectare plot. Infrastructure such as water towers, latrines, and sheds were built on the two reforestation sites.

The total cost of carrying out the work and plants amounts to 171 million CFA francs. According to the president of the association, Chantal Ouattara, the construction of these infrastructures and other repair work on the two groves were able to create nearly 300 temporary jobs.

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“These groves create large study spaces for pupils and students from the surrounding neighborhoods in addition to reducing insecurity through the lighting of these areas. Around 1,800 direct jobs will be created through the plots developed and granted to associations and groups to practice market gardening,” indicated the president.

Carrying out reforestation during a heatwave means being bold, said Ms. Ouattara. For this, she said that precautions were taken to succeed in this challenge. “With the quantity of water that exists and the mobilization of the population, we are hopeful that the trees will be well maintained. The association is there to follow up, with the support of the regional environmental department,” Chantal Ouattara suggested.

The minister in charge of energy, Yacouba Zabré, welcomed the initiative of the association which aims to fight against deforestation and climate change. For him, the APRN deserves to be supported.

The head of the department in charge of the environment, Roger Baro, congratulated the association for its vision. Because, he said, it has a vision of resilience just like the transitional government. “In our 2024 policy, it is planned to carry out reforestation in anticipation of the rainy season. We have instructed that 2024 will be a reforestation in terms of groves. We call this controlled reforestation, on identified sites where water control is total.”

“I express my satisfaction with the positive effects expected from the various infrastructures. Indeed, in addition to the greening of nature, you have created a large number of direct and indirect jobs and a vast income-generating activity, thus contributing to the achievement of SONABEL’s CSR. It is a salutary work in a country plagued by insecurity where employment remains the primary concern of young people, women and internally displaced people,” said SONABEL Director General Souleymane Ouédraogo.

He finished by saluting the courage and vision of the association in making the fight against global warming its main focus.


(Featured image by Nature_Design via Pixabay)

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