Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV)

Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV) (2012-2017)

Short description

The Project aims to demonstrate the multiple developmental and environmental wins that result from a high value biocarbon approach to climate change and variability in large landscapes principally in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali.

The Project will build local institutions and capacity to be able to sustain the benefits in the sites and will establish linkages with related initiatives to jointly build national and regional capacity to scale up the approaches into other programs and projects.  The themes of the Project are very closely linked to Finland’s international development priorities and are closely aligned with the priorities expressed in its national poverty reduction and climate change adaptation strategies.  Furthermore, the Project aims to generate critical information that can fill the global knowledge gaps on how to better link climate change mitigation and adaptation thrusts and how to make these actions work effectively to enhance the livelihoods of rural communities.


The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) (lead), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), University of Eastern Finland, VITRI, University of Helsinki, Institutd’EconomieRurale (IER) in Mali, Sahel-ECO in Mali, Direction Nationale des Eaux et Forêts (Mali),  Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute  (SLARI),  Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL), Forestry Division of Ministry of Agriculture of Sierra Leone, Centre d’Etude et de Recherche en Environnement (CERE) de Guinée, Direction Nationale des Forêts et Faunes (DNFF) de Guinée, Institut de Recherches Agronomiques de Guinée (IRAG)

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Project information

Countries: Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali
Coordinating organization: World Agroforestry Centre, West and Central Africa Region
Project coordinator: Dr. Jules Bayala, ICRAF, Email:
Project web site at ICRAF
Duration: 4 years, from 1.9.2012 to 31.1. 2017
VITRI’s role: Leader of the Work package 3: National policy and capacity strengthening, participant in WPs 1.3. and 2
Project leader in VITRI: Prof. Markku Kanninen
Funding: Contract with ICRAF, Funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland