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The Intervention Fund for the Environment (FIE) was established in the first Environmental Code in 1994. The FIE has been renewed in the following two revisions of this code, the latest of which was April 2, 2013.

The Ministry in charge of the Environment implemented after the revision of the code, a participative and concerted process of reflection, with the technical and financial support of the Program of Support to the Forest Sector (PASF) financed by the cooperations Luxembourg and Swedish. This process involved all the players in the Environment sector (public services, private sector, development partners, NGOs and associations, local authorities, etc.). It resulted in drafts of texts in 2014, proposing a state establishment status of the State, in the category of State Funds, for the FIE. The two decrees operationalizing the FIE were then adopted in July 2015 by the Government, paving the way for the concrete implementation of the fund.

At the same time, the Department implemented a so-called "pre-FIE" pilot phase in the Hauts-Bassins, Center-Ouest and then Nord regions. It resulted in two calls for projects in 2013 and 2014, in order to draw the necessary lessons for the efficient implementation of the FIE.

These calls for projects resulted in the financing of 173 projects in 3 administrative regions of the country namely Hauts-Bassins, Center-Ouest and Nord at a cost of about two billion (2,000,000,000) F. CFA.

Since the objective of the FIE is to contribute to the achievement of Burkina's environmental objectives, pre-FIE results make it possible to inform the Ministry's indicators. A related study conducted in 2017 allows us to say that:

  • Awareness actions reached 31,537 people and training actions 15,586.
  • The forest management activities implemented have consolidated 143889 ha of classified forest and created 178.54 ha of forests.
  • 11 169 ha of land was recovered.
  • 4411 feet of Assisted Natural Regeneration (RNA) were performed.
  • 489 manure pits were built.
  • 752 improved stoves were made.
  • 377,390 plants were planted and maintained.
  • 37 non-timber forest products processing units were built.
  • 2052 people were employed including 1869 women.

After the adoption of the 2015 decrees that made it operational, the FIE gradually set up its bodies and bore full responsibility for a third call for projects in 2017.