Reshaping the terrain: Forest and landscape restoration in Burkina Faso

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Land degradation is a key issue in Burkina Faso’s sustainable development equation. Recent analyses show that degradation occurs at a rate of about 470,000 ha per year, affecting 51,600 km2, 19 percent, of the national territory (MEEVCC 2018). The annual price tag is estimated to be equal to 26 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (Global Mechanism of the UNCCD 2018). Huge efforts have been undertaken by numerous stakeholders to tackle the problem. Currently, Burkina Faso is taking advantage of the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) program, with which it aligned in 2016, by setting its national voluntary goals and identifying measures to achieve them by 2030 (SPONG and CARI 2017; MEEVCC 2018; UNCCD 2018).
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