FORCI - Land use planning and forest restoration in Côte d'Ivoire

June 2022
December 2023
Project cost
174 000 €
Role in the project
Land use planning, cartography and forest expertise


Côte d’Ivoire


Agroforestry Spatial Planning Degradation-Restoration Forest


Timber Wood energy

Main goals

Côte d'Ivoire has committed to restore 5 million hectares of degraded land and forests by 2030. EFI, within the Forest4future (F4F) project, in partnership with GIZ and institutions Ivorian trustees, wishes to continue its support for state and non-state actors in their initiatives for preservation, management and restoration of the natural capital of Côte d'Ivoire, in particular by supporting field forestry operations (assisted natural regeneration, reforestation, agroforestry). The objective of the mission is to contribute to these overall objectives of F4F, in particular by facilitating the deployment of forest restoration activities.

Specific objectives

SO1. Spatial and forest characterization of the F4F Project intervention villages and in particular the evaluation of the forest potential of the project area (mapping and inventories)
SO2. Development of a land use planning methodology at the village level including participatory mapping in 2 villages

Related people

Project Manager / Forest & REDD+ / Côte d'Ivoire

Virginie Vergnes

She holds a Master's degree in Science and Anthropology (Primatology) from the University of Montreal and has a background in environmental sciences. She has been working for several years in Africa (Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Cameroon) on the themes of ecological monitoring, surveillance and forest governance, FLEGT, institutional, civil society and community capacity building, as well as on compensation measures in the context of mining extractions. She brings its expertise in particular to the support of sustainable and private forestry, forest governance and support to the management of protected areas

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Project Manager

Clovis Grinand

PhD in Functional Ecology and Agronomic Sciences (SupAgro, IRD and CIRAD) and specialized in Localized Information Systems for Spatial Planning (AgroParisTech), he is an expert in land use change monitoring using remote sensing, digital soil mapping and spatial modeling applied to forestry, agronomy and landscape ecology. He is the author of numerous international scientific publications.

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Research officer / Agriculture & Market / France

Elsa Sanial

Geography PhD at University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and the International Research Centre for agronomy and developement (CIRAD), she brings her expertise on ecological, agronomic and socio-economic agroforestry’s stakes, on cocoa value chain sustainability, the analysis of agricultural systems at territorial scale, socio-ecological systems studies, social sciences investigation, mapping and botany. She also has several years of experience in projects setting and coordination