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

The whole northern region of the Ivory Coast - as well as Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso - has fallen victim to the disastrous effects of global warming, including drought; desertification; and lack of electricity, clean drinking water, roads, secular schools, basic community health centres, etc. Plagued by hunger, unemployment, poverty, and severe, acute food insecurity, this area is the breeding ground for terrorism.

ERI works directly with civil society to bring about sustainability through our programs, methods, and global partnerships. To combat the dual issues of instability and climate change in this particular region, ERI leaders Professor Dramane Toure and Annie Goeke have been working together for the past 10 years to design and implement a climate change initiative for West Africa. ERI has proposed and plans to implement 35 renewable energy projects (solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectric dams), reforestation, decarbonation, mitigation, adaptation, biosafety, sustainable food security, soil restoration, pollution control, pollination, and the creation of a blue carbon mangrove. Political instability in the region put the project on hold for several years, but now that the Ivory Coast is more stable, we have reinstated our original climate change proposal.

This proposal focuses on two objectives:

1. To promote stability and lasting peace in the fight against the spread of religious terrorism and its threats in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and northern Côte d'Ivoire, and to reintegrate young people who were victims of these conflicts

2. To create the adoption of climate-constraining projects that have been chosen not only to bring the climate temperature down to 2 degrees centigrade by the end of the century, but also serve as a means to solve the problems of durable peace and stability 

Our overall goal is to create stable and thriving countries of environmentally conscious citizens who are actively living environmentally friendly lives. To roll out this plan, we have started with the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, with an initial focus on the neighborhood of Cocody, in an effort to create the first West African Eco-City. Through our renewable energy projects, we plan to transition the Cocody neighborhood from a petroleum-based to a mixed renewable energy environment, bringing in 400,000 jobs to the local community in the process. From there we will roll out the plan to the other 13 municipalities in the district, and then eventually to the whole of the Ivory Coast and other West African countries. 

To read the entire proposal, which 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", contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Carbon Sequestration - One of Many Tools in ERI's Climate Change Programs

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

Since 2009, Earth Rights Institute's West Africa Office, under the direction of Professor Dramane Toure Nable, has been working on climate change projects to address the challenges faced in the northern region of the Ivory Coast as well in Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali. As part of the Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali (which all 4 nations approved), we are introducing several projects specifically geared towards carbon sequestration. 

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Cocody, Ivory Coast

Eco-City Initiative for Cocody

In cooperation with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, ERI's Professor Toure (head of ERI West Africa's office) is working directly with the City of Cocody and its Mayor, Mr. N'GOAN Aka Mathias, to create the first West African eco-city. This city will be fueled by clean green energy and use carbon sequestration projects to reduce CO2 emissions by 28% by 2030.

To achieve this objective (which is an integral part of the strategic plans and priority objectives of the Ivorian Government), the United Nations and the African Union - in tandem with ERI - are targeting the City of Cocody in Abijdan to be the pilot city for building and implementing an Eco-City initiative, entitled "Cocody Cité Verte, Carbon well of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and Africa …." 

This pilot city will serve as a business plan and model for addressing climate change and sustainability, and will eventually convert 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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