PRM2 - Preserve the biodiversity of Mabi-Yaya & Strengthen the socio-economic development of the Mé

September 2021
August 2025
Project cost
2 169 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


Organic Agriculture Agroforestry Spatial Planning Bioenergy Climate Forest Market REDD+ Remote sensing


Cocoa Cola Cassava Honey Plantain

Main goals

Contribute to the resilience of landscapes through the concerted management of natural resources and the promotion of zero deforestation agriculture at the territorial level. The project contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations, to the protection of the forests of Mabi-Yaya and to the strengthening of the resilience of the territory of the Mé to climate change

Specific objectives

SO1. Promote Income Generating Activities with Ivorian Civil Society Organizations, involving young people and women, which are adapted to climate change and which contribute to the protection of protected areas and remaining forest cover.
SO2. Support for the transition of production methods and investment in natural capital, by restoring degraded land and forests on the outskirts of the Mabi Yaya Nature Reserve.
SO3. Strengthen land use planning, the management of protected areas, and land and forest governance in the Mé region.
SO4. Measure the impact of the project and construction of a "Zero deforestation territory" standard


  • Village communities
  • Male and female farmers
  • Smallholder foresters
  • Ivorian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
  • Institutional partners (OIPR, Mé Regional Council)
  • Young entrepreneurs and beekeepers
  • Savings and Credit Groups made up of women from the targeted villages, and groups of women processors of attieké
  • Traditional charcoal producers


R1. The Mé region has a local network of Civil Society Organizations engaged in income-generating activities adapted to climate change, favorable to the protection of protected areas and forest cover
R2. Agricultural and forestry producers in the Mé region are adapting their practices to the challenges of climate change, socially and economically enhancing natural resources and contributing to the restoration of degraded land in the peripheral area
R3. Territorial development and planning is promoted and strengthened, and the peripheral communities of the Mabi Yaya Nature Reserve are engaged in land and forest governance in the Mé region
R4. Impacts are measured and a "Zero Deforestation" reference system is built


A1. Training and support for 20 young people from classified forests in IGAs in the field of renewable energies
A2. Training and support for 10 young people to launch a beekeeping activity
A3. Training and support of 15 charcoal burners in improved carbonization
A4. Establishment of women's savings and credit groups for the creation of Income Generating Activities in 8 villages
A5. Construction and installation by local artisans of improved cooking equipment in 2 groups of attiéké processors
A6. Strengthen the technical and organizational skills of the Mé Cooperative of Organic Cocoa Producers (SCOOP PCBM), and engage 60 producers in organic production
A7. Accompany and technically support farmers in the diversification and improvement of their production system with a view to transitioning production methods and adapting to climate change (food crops and cash crops)
A8. Accompany and technically support small forest owners in the rural domain in order to relaunch a development process
A9. Reforest 30 ha in the rural domain
A10. Set up an Independent Observation process on the outskirts of Mabi-Yaya
A11. Carry out a territorial diagnosis for the Mé Region
A12. Supporting the Mé Regional Council for forest monitoring
A13. Support OIPR for deployment in the Mabi-Yaya Nature Reserve
A14. Write the local development plans of 8 peripheral villages of the Mabi Yaya Nature Reserve
A15. Support and contribute to the realization of at least 8 village projects supported and implemented by local development committees
A16. Officially delimit 4 villages on the outskirts of the Mabi Yaya Nature Reserve
A17. Mapping over the entire territory of vegetation, resources, land cover and its changes
A18. Definition of a baseline for evaluating the monitoring and impacts of territorial programs/projects in rural areas
A19. Characterize the determinants of a zero-deforestation territorial approach in the Mé region
A20. Construction of "Sector" and "Territory" standards certified "zero deforestation"

Related people

Forest project manager / Forest & REDD+ / Côte d'Ivoire

Ibrahim Konate

Agronomist engineer specializing in Water and Forests from the Houphouët Boigny National Polytechnic Institute in Yamoussoukro (INP-HB / ESA). He previously worked on the RévaTéné and ForestInnov projects at CIRAD/INP-HB, he contributed to the National Forest and Wildlife Inventory of Côte d'Ivoire (IFFN) at ONFI-CI and on the Payment for Environmental Services model (PES) for Cargill

Agricultural Trainer Advisor / Agriculture & market / Côte d'Ivoire

Eric Fallé

Graduated with a Brevet de Technicien Supérieur Agricole at the National Institute for Professional Agricultural Training (INFPA), he worked as an agricultural advisor for 5 years with OLAM. Specialized in the popularization of good agricultural practices, the training of producers and cooperatives, agroforestry techniques, the creation and monitoring and evaluation of Village Savings and Credit Associations, crop protection and Geographic Information Systems

Agricultural trainer advisor / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Tieba Awebouna Coulibaly

Graduated with a professional license in economics and agro-pastoral management obtained from Peleforo Gon University in Korhogo. He has expertise in agricultural project management, feasibility study, research support, agricultural advice, local development support. He is a member of the working group of the ECOTER project and of the DISSA in the Béré region

Agricultural Trainer Advisor / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Onkado Valentin Gonto

Holder of a higher technician's certificate in Mining, Petroleum Geology, he has held various positions including: agricultural advisor on the SAME program with ACF France for the agricultural revival of rehabilitation and good agricultural practices (horticulture and lowland rice), the creation and integrated management of rubber plantations with FIRCA, supervisor and coordinator of savings and credit groups, water quality assistant at Oxfam GB and stock management and food distribution at Care International

Agricultural Trainer Advisor / Agriculture & market / Côte d'Ivoire

Didiata Bora Kouadio

Holder of a BTS in tropical agriculture and cooperation, she held the position of Junior Project Officer at Earthworm Côte d'Ivoire before joining Nitidæ. She is currently working in Côte d'Ivoire as an Agricultural Trainer Advisor and brings her expertise in the organization, advice, training, support and monitoring of the agricultural world

Agricultural Trainer Advisor / Forest & REDD+ / Côte d'Ivoire

Cédric Goore

Enrolled in a professional license in agriculture at the University of Bouaké, he holds a Brevet de Technicien Supérieur Agricole obtained from the Regional School of Agronomy in the South of Bingerville. He worked for 7 years at ECOM Côte d'Ivoire and Syngenta Côte d'Ivoire within the framework of audit and certification project in cocoa sustainability

Project manager for land use planning and monitoring and evaluation / Forest & REDD+ / Côte d'Ivoire

Mohamed Traoré

He holds a Master 2 in Management and Project and Program Management from the Institute of Campus Sciences in Burkina Faso and a Master 1 in Management Sciences from the University of Félix Houphouët Boigny in Côte d'Ivoire. Since 2015, he has held positions as a community mobilization consultant for Care International (Cocoa Life program funded by Mondelez International) and as a supervisor for Solidaridad West Africa on several programs. He joins the team on land use planning, monitoring and evaluation and community development

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 / Forest & REDD+ / Côte d'Ivoire

Renaud Lapeyre

PhD in environmental and development economics (ENS Cachan, University of Versailles St Quentin-en-Yvelines), he is expert in conservation finance, including through ecotourism and innovative financial mechanisms (PES), and he specialised in international cooperation programs. He worked several years in Namibia, Morocco, and Kenya. In 2012, he joined Iddri (SciencesPo Paris) as senior researcher in biodiversity economics, before joining WWF France in 2017, as a manager for public sector partnerships

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Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Field team leader / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Dihe Paris Toman

Senior Technician in Farm Management, Paris held various positions (Livestock Facilitator with GTZ, Trainer and Food Security with Action Against Hunger, etc.) before joining the team of the REDD + Project of the Mé in January 2017 as an Agricultural Trainer Adviser.

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Administrative and Financial Manager / Côte d'Ivoire

Alimata Lorn-Konaté

Holder of a Master 2 in Finance, Alimata worked for seven years for the NGO Search for Common Ground before joining Nitidæ in January 2017. She currently holds the position of Administrative and Financial Manager of our representation in Côte d'Ivoire

Project Manager

Noémie Rullier

Holder of an Engineering diploma in Agronomy, specializing in Sustainable agricultural & Agri-Food systems for the South, from Montpellier SupAgro- Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), she brings her expertise to support technical changes and development processes in rural area; to support farm advisory, training engineering and plant biology research

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Driver and Logistician / Côte d'Ivoire

Youssoufou Soumahoro

Based in Abidjan, Youssouf holds the position of driver of the REDD + Project of the Mé and of the fleet manager of Nitidæ Ivory Coast

Project Officer GIS and remote sensing / Côte d'Ivoire

Tiodionwa Ouattara

Holder of a Master of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems for the Development and Management of Lands and Ecosystems, Tiodionwa joined the team of Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in December 2016. He is currently pursuing a thesis dedicated to monitoring (agro)forest dynamics within the framework of the Mé REDD + Project (PRM).

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Driver / Côte d'Ivoire

Eugène Nzebo

He was a driver for the ONF-CI as part of the National Forestry and Animal Inventory, then an ambulance driver for the national police provident fund, he joined the PRM2 team in Adzope

REDD+ and agro value chains task officer / Agriculture & market / France

Apolline Reboud

A graduate of the Montpellier SupAgro school of agriculture with a course in Sustainable Agricultural and Agrifood Systems in the South, she also specialized in Environmental Management of Ecosystems and Tropical Forests at AgroParisTech. After having worked at CIFOR Cameroon on the subject of community forests and in an association managing carbon offset projects (reforestation, agroforestry and rural development) as project coordinator, she comes to bring her plural approach between management of agricultural systems and forest preservation