Burkina Faso Biomass Energy NAMA Support Project

Around 107,626 hectares of forest in Burkina Faso is destroyed each year. Of this, 13,145,000 m2 of wood (or 9,201,500 tonnes) is used as fuel. This amounts to 16.8 million tonnes CO2e per year. Through the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the National REDD strategy aim is ‘improvement in the efficiency and sustainability of wood energy value chains and support to alternative carbon emission reducing livelihoods.’ It calls for ‘a comprehensive nationwide energy policy, including options for the development of alternative energy.’ Burkina Faso’s Biomass Energy NAMA realises this vision on a national scale, aiming at one of the main drivers of deforestation: biomass energy.

The main objective of the NAMA Support Project is to make biomass energy a commercially viable, renewable and low emission energy sector.

The sector accounts for 84 per cent of energy consumption in Burkina Faso. The NAMA Support Project has the potential to achieve 41 per cent of the national emission reduction target. The project focus is on a more rational and regulated use of biomass, private sector investment and new low emission technologies, which will transform the sector.

Partner ministriesMinistry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Delivery organisationSNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Implementing partnersFIE-Environmental Investment Fund; Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Requested funding volumeEUR 13.5 million
Project duration2017–2021

It will be accompanied by further benefits to sustainable development, such as more stable supply chains and continuous, more affordable energy access. The project also contributes to a healthier and more resilient environment, reducing indoor and outdoor pollution. The majority of the target group is women.

The project aims to channel money from various sources into the sector, such as FIP, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and private funds. 

This NAMA is a results-based financing mechanism containing several discrete phases and milestones prompting the next funding round.

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