Eager to honour its international commitments under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) the Government of Côte d'Ivoire's requested the Global Mechanism (GM)'s support in mobilizing partners in designing its National Action Programme (NAP) to combat desertification.
A GM mission to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, therefore took place from 4 to 12 May 2010, hosted by the UNCCD focal point ministry – the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests (MINEEF) – with the objective of formalizing the understanding reached between the Government and its development partners for the elaboration of development of the country's NAP.
The partners agreed to the general road map for the NAP, the terms of reference for the various thematic studies to be undertaken and outlined the responsibilities for NAP implementation:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has agreed to meet the costs of the analysis of the current in-country technical, ecological, political and institutional status of SLM
The United Nations Development Programme will provide financial and logistical support local workshops;
The World Bank has been requested to undertake a public expenditure review and to perform a cost-benefit analysis for SLM;
The GM will have an important role to play in this process in terms of quality control, to ensure that the NAP is aligned with the UNCCD 10-year Strategy, which includes the development of a national integrated investment framework for SLM.
The mission was an excellent opportunity to assess progress made in mainstreaming SLM into the national agricultural investment programme (PNIA) - the national interpretation of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP/NEPAD). The investment programme associated with the NAP will also be the first pillar of the PNIA.
For more information:
Mr François Tapsoba, Regional Financial Advisor for Francophone Africa
f.tapsoba (at) global-mechanism.org
Mr Évariste Nicolétis, Programme Officer, West and Central Africa and South-to-South Cooperation
Tel. +39 06 5459 2647
e.nicoletis (at) global-mechanism.org