En cours

Duration of the project

4 years (2020-2024)


Resilience of ecosystems

Resilience of the populations living in the WAP complex

Multi-Risk Early Warning System


Total budget

11,536,200 USD


Technical services of the ministerial departments responsible for the Environment of the three countries

Local communities & authorities at the level of the W, Arly and Pendjari parks

Local professional organizations & Professional women's organizations 

Local NGOs

Local civil society

Countries concerned
Benin, Burkina, Niger

Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Consolidated Management of the Transboundary Wap Complex

The W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Complex is one of Africa’s most important compositions of terrestrial transboundary ecosystems. It is considered as the largest and most important continuum of unharmed ecosystems in the West African savannah belt.

Shared by Benin, Burkina and Niger, this network of protected areas consists of a number of areas with different status and protection regimes. However, the WAP Complex is subject to multiple pressures and threats, mainly conflicts of use, poaching, overgrazing, agricultural lands expansion, transhumance, bushfires, surface water pollution, climate change and variability, unsustainable fishery and use of wood and non-wood products.

Main objective :

Strengthening the resilience of ecosystems and improving populations’ livelihoods within the WAP Complex in relation with the climate change issue through the establishment of a Multi-Risk Early Warning System (EWS) and the implementation of concrete adaptation measures.

Specific objectives :

  • Improving strategic reference documents by integrating the climate change issues
  • Increasing the resilience of populations through an EWS
  • Improving the resilience of ecosystems and populations’ livelihoods through the development of infrastructure
  • Ensuring the sustainability of adaptation measures through the mobilization and awareness-raising of beneficiaries and partners.

Expected results :

  • Climate and its risks, are integrated into the Master Development Plan as well as the management plans of the complex
  • The EWS is used by beneficiaries to manage disasters
  • The resilience of populations and ecosystems is improved through concrete adaptation measures
  • The livelihoods of populations is strengthened
  • The stakeholders are mobilized and made aware through appropriate communication and capacity building
Financial partners
  • Adaptation Fund - AF
Technical partners
  • The General Directorate of Water and Forests - DGEF - Niger

Approval date

July 2019

Launch date

April 2020

First supervision mission

June 2021

Second supervision mission

June 2022

Key Achievements

The Complex management documents developed and adopted by the WAP Ministerial Council :

  • The Climate Change Adaptation Plan and its methodological guide ;
  • The technical annexes integrating the adaptation measures in the Development and Management Plans of the W-Arly-Pendjari parks as well as the Development Master Plan of the complex.

Enhancing ecosystem resilience and improving livelihoods of populations:

  • Validation by communities and local authorities of the locations of corridors, water points, and grazing areas to be developed by the project;
  • Launching the process of establishing a mechanism for the operation of renewable funds for financing income-generating activities;
  • Construction of pastoral wells and creation of grazing areas;
  • Distribution of irrigation equipment and tools for the conservation and processing of fishery products to local populations.

Training and capacity building of local stakeholders:

  • Development of thematic training modules for trainers in Environmental Education (EE), Climate Change (CC), Sustainable Land Management (SLM), Multirisk Early Warning System (MEWS), and disaster management;
  • Training of trainers, including teachers and extension technicians;
  • Capacity building of fishermen and fishmongers in fishing and fish farming techniques, including local trainers and producers;
  • Capacity building of producers in the WAP neighboring villages on agroforestry techniques, small-scale irrigation, reforestation, and assisted natural regeneration (ANR).