Global Climate Change Alliance in Mali

At a glance

Completed programmes
National Directorate for Water and Forests of the Min. of Environment and Sanitation (MEA), Min. of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Total budget
6,22 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

Climate change effects are increasingly felt in Mali, in the form of higher temperatures, reduced precipitation (when considered over the last three decades), and a moving desertification front. Extreme weather events, notably droughts and floods, may become more frequent or intense. Climate variability and change compound significant anthropogenic pressures on land, water and other natural resources. Combined pressures are resulting in natural resource degradation – a critical issue for a country in which a large share of the population is employed in the rural sector, and livelihoods are very dependent on natural resources.

Awareness of climate change and how it jeopardises development and poverty reduction objectives has been growing in Mali over the past years. It is felt the time has come for the country to move from awareness raising and political statements to the design and actual implementation of a coherent response to climate-related challenges.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
6,215,000.00 €

Overall objective

Support Mali in its efforts towards improved environmental sustainability.

Specific objective

Contribute to improvements in, and actual implementation of, climate change-related policies and strategies.


The technical and institutional context supports ownership of the climate change issue by technical and political institutions. Organisations involved in climate change management have access to adequate decision support tools.

Activities include capacity building for the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation (MEA) to support the development of a national climate change policy; the development of a roadmap for the National Action Plan on Climate Change; and the development and implementation of a communication plan. In the future, support will also provided for mainstreaming climate change into the national environmental policy and regional development plans.

Mali’s forest stocks and carbon sequestration potential are known.

Activities involve capitalising on previous forest inventories; undertaking further forest inventories in the Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso and Ségou regions; and conducting studies on the carbon sequestration potential of various forest species.

The SIFOR (forest information system) management unit is able to produce reliable information on the evolution of forest stocks.

This notably involves finalising the SIFOR roadmap; training SIFOR regional staff; and setting up a consultation framework for the forestry sub-sector at central and decentralised levels. Improved knowledge and monitoring of forests is expected to contribute towards more sustainable forest management and participation in REDD+ or other funding opportunities linked to carbon sequestration in forests.

Forest cover is enhanced through afforestation/reforestation activities, with the help and involvement of beneficiaries.

Afforestation and reforestation projects, selected on the basis of a call for proposals, are implemented by non-governmental organisations in partnership with local authorities. The formalisation of woodfuel supply chains and the adoption of fuel-efficient stoves are also promoted.

“Climate change is a potentially significant threat to Mali’s socioeconomic and cultural development and to poverty reduction. It requires a global response supported by national policies as well as the promotion of changes in behaviour at the individual and collective levels.”

Mr David SAGARA, Minister of Environment and Sanitation, in a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the 1st session of the project’s National Steering Committee, 19 November 2012 (source: