Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali

For the past 10 years, Professor Dramane Toure and Annie Goeke have been working together to design and implement a climate change initiative for West Africa. Due to the political unrest, much of the work had been on hold until peace was regained in the Ivory Coast. During the time of unrest, Professor Toure had been relentless in continuing to fight and help his people with other projects. Now that the country is more stable, we have reinstated our original climate change proposal. This proposal was presented in both Paris and Marrakesh (COP 21, 22) as the Climate Change Initiative titled "PROPOSALS FOR 35 ERI PROJECTS, SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COTE D'IVOIRE AND THE AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY, TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND FRANCE, TO COP 22, TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENSURE SUSTAINABLE SAFETY IN WEST AFRICA". It focuses on stability and lasting peace in the fight against the vertiginous spread of religious terrorism in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and its threats in northern Côte d'Ivoire. At the same time, it takes into account the urgent reintegration of young people who were victims of these conflicts. The whole northern region of the Ivory Coast and the three countries mentioned, has been a victim of the disastrous effects of global warming characterized by drought, desertification, lack of electricity, drinking water, roads, secular schools, basic community health centers, etc. Plagued by hunger, unemployment, poverty and severe, acute food insecurity, this area is the breeding ground for terrorism. The second feature of this initiative concerns the adoption of climate-constraining projects, which have been chosen not only to bring the climate temperature down to 2 degrees centigrade by the end of the century, but above all as a means to solve the problems of durable peace and stability thus identified. Hence our renewable energy projects (solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectric dams), reforestation, decarbonation, mitigation, adaptation, biosafety, sustainable food security, soil restoration, pollution control, pollination, blue carbon mangrove and Ecological radio are part of the 35 projects. ERI role is to work directly with civil society and to bring in sustainability through our programs, methods and global partnerships.

Here is a summary of our main projects starting April 2017 in the Ivory Coast
Solar Energy Projects: city solar power plant program -solar kits to replace wood and coal - solar photovoltaic lamps for public lighting -solar traffic lights - Attieké photovoltaic cooking solar ovens to replace wood -solar food dryers for urban organic farming 
Wind Energy Project
Eenergy Efficiency/Carbon Emission reduction -methanisation program at the garbage dump in Akouédo, a unit of Methanisation with Planet Verte 365
-new generation improved fireplaces program
Reforestation Projects: roadside tree planting of 4 million trees -planting 2 Million Mangrove trees for ecological revitalization of the Bay of Cocody- developing 100 parks for the city
Initiate a local eco-radio program
Sustainable Transportation Development Program
Sustainable Urban Agriculture: enhancement of sustainable urban agriculture
Sustainable Building Project: sustainable housing for all, in favor of the displaced and deprived
Climate Observation Program
Creation of local citizen groups on climate change and security


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Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change Programs

Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali

Since 2009, our Earth Rights Institute West Africa Office has been working on climate change projects in the northern region of the Ivory Coast.  Together with the USA West Coast team, Professor Toure has developed partnerships with many local rural communities to be engaged in our ERI carbon sequestration program to address climate change.  During the upheaval in 2010-2011, our tree planting projects were interrupted by the conflicts that happened after their national elections.  

Today, we have reinstated our climate change initiative as the Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.  There are 34 projects that have been designed and were presented at the COP 21 and 22 conferences.  Some of these projects for the rural areas will include the production and dissemination of improved stoves ERI-Teliya and solar dryers for 5 million households; planting trees along roads and highways; and the reforestation through bee pollination. 


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Cocody, Ivory Coast

Eco-City Initiative for Cocody

ERI West Africa, Professor Toure has begun our working directly with the City of Cocody through te Mayor of Cocody, Mr. N'GOAN Aka Mathias and his office to initiate this first West African Eco-City initiative. This project is in cooperation with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire to switch to clean green energy, reduce CO2 emissions by 28% through carbon sequestration projects by 2030.  To achieve this objective, as this is an integral part of the strategic plans and priority objectives of the Ivorian Government, the United Nations and the African Union, is to firs build and implement an Eco-City initiative, entitled "Cocody Cité Verte, Carbon well of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and Africa ...".  This pilot model will serve as a business plan to addressing climate change and sustainability to eventually turn all 13 municipalities in the District of Abidjan and other the cities of Côte d'Ivoire and West Africa into eco-cities.

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