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Biodiversity Conservation of the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex

On the 10th and 11th of December, a training session was held on the World Bank’s environmental and social safeguards and on the development of a Process Framework within the framework of the project “Biodiversity Conservation of the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex” funded by the KfW and implemented by the Ivorian Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development.

This project aims at creating an ecological corridor between Taï national park in Ivory Coast and Grebo-Krahn national park in Liberia. The space planned for the corridor establishment, which is about 4 km long and 450 m wide, and which will be eventually managed by local communities, is currently occupied by around 150 households, who use the land for agricultural practices (mainly cocoa and rubber).

To this end, it is foreseen to develop a process framework, which objective is i) to define the impacts of the project on the means of subsistence and on the access restrictions of natural resources and even of land resources on the local population and ii) to describe all the modalities and the compensation measures for these impacted communities.

To ensure the ownership of the whole process, i.e the steps and the different environmental and social management’ tools that are necessary to set up prior to the creation of the corridor, several training sessions have to be organised to different stakeholders. The first session, which is the object of this article, has been held in Yamoussoukro and saw the participation of around 20 actors, as well from national institutions as from deconcentrated and decentralised governmental services and from technical partners. A second session will be organised in January 2021 for the traditional authorities, and for the communities and households, that are impacted by the project.

Following aspects have been presented and discussed throughout the session:

  • Introduction to the World Bank environmental and social standards
  • Description of the Process Framework context
  • Definition of vulnerable populations and sensitive groups
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Grievance mechanism
  • Concertation process and setting up of a Local Concertation Committee
  • Next steps and M&E system

The meeting took place in a good general atmosphere, was results-oriented and focussed on the good running of the project. Attendees show their excellent level of the project’s understanding and were forceful in their propositions for the process that is now about to start.