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Presidential candidates in Burkina Faso have signed pact to reduce disaster risks. Presidential candidates in Burkina Faso have signed pact to reduce disaster risks.

Successful pilot project in Burkina Faso

Diakonia in Burkina Faso has together with partner organizations influenced presidential candidates to commit to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction, DRR, as a priority in their development programs. 78.5 per cent of the candidates for the November 29th elections have signed.

11/23/2015 Publisher: Sara Taylor

Burkina Faso has adopted legal instruments for the prevention and management of disaster risks. Disasters continue to slow down sustainable development efforts in the country, and this is a first step towards achieving change. Diakonia's  Country Office in Burkina Faso, with financial support from Church of Sweden, has implemented a pilot project called "Sustainable Community Resilience in the Sahel taking into account the effects of climate", REDUS-C.

– We consider this a big success in a global context of climate change where the disasters risks are recurring. Here in Burkina Faso, we regularly face climatic disasters which destroy people's livelihood, says engineer Bintou Diallo who's been responsible for the project.

Fulfilled expected outcomes

– By signing this environmental pact we have the guarantee that this issue will be one of the priorities of the future president. This will reduce the vulnerability and enhance the resilience of the population, says Bintou Diallo.

by signing this environmental pact we have the guarantee that this issue will be one of the priorities of the future president. This will reduce the vulnerability and enhance the resilience of the population.

Integrating disaster preparedness and adaptation to climate change reduction actions was one of the expected outcomes of this project. The members of the project has worked together with national advocacy networks and the efforts have led to the signing of an environmental pact by 78.5 per cent of the presidential candidates in 2015.

The pact commits candidates to contribute to reducing disaster risk in Burkina Faso from 2016-2020 though the following strategies:

  • Establishing/updating a national baseline on vulnerability and impacts of disasters in Burkina Faso;
  • Reducing the impacts related to disasters;
  • Updating necessary policies and strategies to reduce disaster risks;
  • Improve the availability and access to multi-hazard early warning systems
  • Strengthen international cooperation of Burkina Faso with other countries on the issue of DRR.

In addition, the Council of Ministers adopted a decree including a national action plan to build capacity for risk reduction and preparedness for emergency response in Burkina Faso for 2016-2020.

It aims to reduce casualties and disaster risk.