PONASI (Dikwé Ni Weogo) - Project to support the enhancement of the natural capital of the landscape and increase the resilience of riparian communities

October 2019
September 2022
Project cost
1 660 000 €
Role in the project


Burkina Faso


Spatial Planning Degradation-Restoration Forest ICT


Timber Shea Rice

Main goals

Reduce the complex's vulnerability, support the enhancement of the complex's natural capital and increase the resilience of the riparian communities

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen the security of targeted Protected Areas, surveillance, anti-poaching and law enforcement through sustainable measures and involving local populations
  • Enhance and strengthen environmentally friendly local economic initiatives to improve the livelihoods and incomes of the riparian populations of the PONASI complex
  • Support the revitalization and operationalization of the PONASI landscape co-governance mechanism as an integrated decision-making platform (joint partnership between DGEF, OFINAP, DREEVCC, DREP, community representatives and private operators)


Riparian communities living directly or indirectly from the ecosystem resources from the services of the complex or its periphery. They benefit from the stability provided by the security of the complex. The training and know-how of the project thus make it possible to create a more favorable framework for development and investment and to improve the local economy resulting from the good governance of natural resources. The State is also a derivative beneficiary since the project supports its management actions and induces greater stability in the region.


R1. The perimeter of the PONASI ecological complex is protected and secured thanks to the reinforcement of the monitoring and anti-poaching system.
R2. Populations, including transhumant herders, are associated with the integrated management of natural resources and derive sustainable benefits: value chain approaches (wood, shea, hunting, ecotourism), secure community development and capacity building management and production of populations and their sectoral associations.
R3. An integrated platform to stimulate effective management is operational. This co-governance mechanism makes it possible to harmonize the management jurisdictions of the various units and corridors of the complex with an elaborate master plan. It is based on a consultation framework between local authorities and peripheral consular chambers of PONASI. A reflection aiming at a unified governance or a delegation of governance of the whole complex with possibilities of development of the Public Private Partnerships is triggered during these multi-stakeholder meetings. Local natural resource management plans are developed (or updated) for 4 priority communes, including their financing plans


A1. Securing and Monitoring Targeted Protected Areas

  • Intensification of surveillance, protection and anti-poaching in protected areas of the PONASI complex
  • Development of methods for monitoring wildlife populations and monitoring the environment by airborne systems (ULM and drone)
  • Community sensitization and mobilization around conservation issues and security issues on the periphery of the PONASI complex and setting up an intelligence system
  • Legal follow-up in the fight against poachers against traffickers

A2. Inclusion of riparian populations and promotion of natural resource development models

  • Improved carbonization and good PFNL harvesting and processing practices
  • Training on good agricultural practices
  • Support to the rice sector
  • Support to the structuring of the livestock sector

A3. Animation and consultation

  • Organization and animation of a consultation framework of local authorities and peripheral consular chambers

Related people

Chargé de mission / Forêt & REDD+ / Burkina-Faso

Ismaël Nombré

Graduate of a Master's degree in Economics and management option agricultural economy and environment of the University of Koudougou in Burkina Faso. He brings expertise in the management of local development projects, extension of water conservation techniques, land/soil protection and restoration (CES/DRS) and support for income generating activity in the valuation of non-timber forest products

Country representative in Burkina-Faso

Souleymane Jules Gaye

Holder of a Master II in "Accounting and Financial Management" from the International School of Engineering (INSOFE), Boston, USA, he brings his expertise in sustainable community development in West Africa, particularly in the fields of identification and enhancement of local individual or collective initiatives

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PONASI Accountant / Burkina-Faso

Abdoul Yaguibou

Holder of a Professional License in Management Science specializing in Finance and Accounting. Since 2009, he has worked as an accountant-tax specialist and material accountant in several fields (community, state public establishment, construction and trading company, accounting firm) and in training - support for companies and organizations vocational (GERME 1 and Professional Schools) and the rural world.

Project Manager / Bioenergy & Waste / France

Loïc Simonnot

Engineer in international agro-development from ISTOM, he has high-level expertise recognized by both the public and the private sector, in the shea sector: producers’ organizations, production, processing, marketing and on reducing environmental impacts of processing

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Project officer

Charlotte Hemingway

She holds an engineering diploma (specialisation in Agricultural Development) from AgroParisTech Engineering school and studied Human Geography and Management of Protected Areas at the University Pontificia Catolica of Santiago de Chile. She joined Nitidæ in may 2019. She worked on agricultural development issues in dryland areas and on conflicts between agriculture, pastoralism and conservation in Kenya. She uses her systemic approach and provides her field expertise to carry out agrarian diagnoses of some of Nitidæ’s areas of intervention.

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Project officer / Energy

Romaric Aouake

Holder of an engineering degree in management of mining, oil and energy activities, Romaric joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in January 2018 and currently holds the position of Energy Project Manager for the REDD + Project of Mé. He brings his expertise in the improvement of carbonization techniques and the support of local biomass energy recovery and energy efficiency projects.