En cours

Duration of the project

4 years (2020-2023)


Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounting 

Sharing knowledge

Total budget

2 M€

  • Burkina-Faso: Ministry of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change
  • Guinea-Conakry: Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Morocco: Ministry of Energy, Mines and the Environment
  • Niger: National Center for Ecological and Environmental Monitoring, Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Senegal: Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Tunisia: Ministry of the Environment
Countries concerned
Burkina, Guinea, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia

Regional Cooperation for New Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounting Indicators in Africa | Copernicea

The “Regional Cooperation for New Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounting Indicators in Africa | Copernicea” project aims to establish a national and regional network for sharing and exchanging information and data that are useful and necessary to the ENCA.

The structures holding or producing information and data will have to pool them and make them easily accessible for a wide variety of users. These data will be aligned and made available in formats for integration in ecosystem accounts.

At the end of the project, the six relevant French-speaking countries (Burkina Faso, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia), will have their own and self-governing operational mechanism for Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounting (ENCA).

The purpose of Copernicea is to accomplish results that can be reproduced in other countries of the region

Financial partners
Technical partners
  • Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement - CIRAD
  • French National Research Institute - IRD
  • Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable - IFDD
  • UQAM

Approval date

February 2020

Kick-off workshop

March 2020

Planning workshop

July 24th, 2020 

1st meeting of the Steering Committee

April 12th, 2021

1st regional workshop for exchange and result validation

November 29th-December 2nd, 2021

Réunion de Concertations techniques avec la CTC Copernicea, Maroc

March 30th- April 1st, 2022

ENCA training and awareness workshop, Rabat, Morocco

May 24th-26th, 2022

Regional workshop for exchanges, training and validation of the project results on a continental scale

September 19th-23rd, 2022, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

National training workshop on the development of ecosystem accounts

September 26th-28th, 2022, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2nd meeting of the Project Steering Committee

October 4th-8th, 2022, Montpellier

3rd regional workshop for planning and validation of the ENCA platform on the occasion of the 6th international symposium on aromatic and medicinal plants - SIPAM,

March 17th-19th, 2023, Djerba, Tunisia

Project completion date


Key Achievements
  • 7 training sessions on the ENCA : 27 days of training ; 100 African experts trained
  • Side event on ENCA, IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Side event on ENCA for Land Restoration in Africa, COP 15 on Desertification, May 13th 2022

Presentation videos of Ecosystem Accounting for Natural Capital in Africa - CECN: