Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV)

Abstract:The “High Value Biocarbon Development” Programme aims to demonstrate the multiple developmental and environmental wins that result from a high value biocarbon approach to climate change and variability in large landscapes principally in Mali, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The Programme will also build local institutions and capacity to be able to sustain the benefits in the sites and will establish linkages with related initiatives to jointly build national and regional capacity to scale up the approaches into other programmes and projects.  The themes of the Programme are very closely linked to Finland’s international development priorities and are closely aligned with the priorities expressed in its national poverty reduction and climate change adaptation strategies.  Furthermore, the Programme aims to generate critical information that can fill the global knowledge gaps on how to better link climate change mitigation and adaptation thrusts and how to make these actions work effectively to enhance the livelihoods of rural communities.  The proposal is seeking funds in the amount of €10,000,000 over a four year period to deliver these outcomes and impacts.
Countries involved: Guinea, Mali and Sierra Leone 

Partners: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), University of Eastern Finland, University of Helsinki, Institutd’EconomieRurale (IER) in Mali, Sahel-ECO in Mali, Direction Nationale des Eaux et Forêts (Mali),  Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute  (SLARI),  Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL), Forestry Division of Ministry of Agriculture of Sierra Leone, Centre d’Etude et de Recherche en Environnement (CERE) de Guinée, Direction Nationale des Forêts et Faunes (DNFF) de Guinée, Institut de Recherches Agronomiques de Guinée (IRAG)

Researchers in one of the project sites in Mali

Coordinating organization: World Agroforestry Centre, West and Central Africa Region, Sahel Node BP: E5118 Bamako, Mali; Tel: (223) 20 70 92 00 (operator); Email:

Duration: 4 years, from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2015

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

Contact person (s) at ICRAF: Dr. Bayala Jules, Email: and Dr. Kalinganire Antoine,