En cours

Duration of the project

4 years (2020-2024)


- Resilience of ecosystems,

- The living conditions of the WAP complex populations.

Total budget

11,536,200 USD

  • Local communities
  • The local populations and authorities at the level of the W, Arly and Pendjari parks
  • The technical services of the ministerial departments responsible for the Environment of the three countries
  • Local professional organizations
  • Professional women's organizations at the local level
  • Local NGOs
  • Local civil society
Countries concerned
Benin, Burkina, Niger

Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Consolidated Management of the Transboundary Wap Complex

The W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Complex is one of Africa’s most important compositions of terrestrial transboundary ecosystems. It is considered as the largest and most important continuum of unharmed ecosystems in the West African savannah belt.

Shared by Benin, Burkina and Niger, this network of protected areas consists of a number of areas with different status and protection regimes. However, the WAP Complex is subject to multiple pressures and threats, mainly conflicts of use, poaching, overgrazing, agricultural lands expansion, transhumance, bushfires, surface water pollution, climate change and variability, unsustainable fishery and use of wood and non-wood products.


The main objective of the project :

  • Strengthening the resilience of ecosystems and improving populations’ livelihoods within the WAP Complex in relation with the climate change issue through the establishment of a Multi-Risk Early Warning System (EWS) and the implementation of concrete adaptation measures.

The specific objectives are :

  • Improving strategic reference documents by integrating the climate change issues
  • Increasing the resilience of populations through an EWS
  • Improving the resilience of ecosystems and populations’ livelihoods through the development of infrastructure
  • Ensuring the sustainability of adaptation measures through the mobilization and awareness-raising of beneficiaries and partners.

The expected results are :

  • Climate and its risks, are integrated into the Master Development Plan as well as the management plans of the complex
  • The EWS is used by beneficiaries to manage disasters
  • The resilience of populations and ecosystems is improved through concrete adaptation measures
  • The livelihoods of populations is strengthened
  • The stakeholders are mobilized and made aware through appropriate communication and capacity building
Financial partners
  • Adaptation Fund - AF
Technical partners
  • The General Directorate of Water and Forests - DGEF - Niger

Approval date

July 2019

Launch date

April 2020

First supervision mission

June 2021

Second supervision mission

June 2022

Key Achievements
  • Edition and adoption of the regional climate change adaptation plan, together with its methodological guide
  • Development of the operating mechanism of revolving funds to finance income-generating activities
  • Organization of training sessions on climate change, sustainable management of natural resources, multi-risk early warning system for technicians, extension workers and teachers in Niger
  • Validation of the locations of corridors, water points and grazing areas to be developed by the project near the Pendjari National Park in Benin by the communities and local authorities
  • Start of awareness campaigns and identification of project beneficiaries in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger
  • Organization of training sessions on the improvement of fishing and fish farming techniques for the benefit of fishermen and wholesalers (18 trainers and 45 local producers) in Niger
  • Organization of training sessions on agroforestry techniques, small-scale irrigation, reforestation and Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) for producers in villages bordering the W national component of Niger
  • Distribution of equipment for the conservation and processing of fishery products (ovens, basins, coolers, knives, etc.) to local populations in Niger
  • Development of two pastoral wells in Falmey in Niger