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SAWAP and BRICKS Projects: a common goal


The World Bank/GEF Sahel and West Africa Program – SAWAP is a 1.1 billion dollar investment program intended to develop the sustainable management of lands and water resources for 12 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan an Togo).

It therefore contributes to the implementation of the Sahel and Sahara Great Green Wall Initiative through the improvement of landscape resilience and livelihoods of populations, and therefore to poverty reduction, food security and water resource security and a stop to natural resource degradation.

BRICKS – Building Resilience through Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Services Project, launched in March 2014, supports the SAWAP program in the implementation of the 12 SAWAP projects’ objectives.

It facilitates the identification of innovations at the regional and global level as well as their promotion through communication, knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation. Therefore BRICKS aims to improve access to best practices and monitoring information existing in the SAWAP portfolio on integrated natural resource management, climate change and natural disasters.

Funded under a Global Environment Facility Grant of 4.6 million dollars, it is being implemented by three regional centres of excellence: the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel-CILSS, the Sahel and Sahara Observatory-OSS and the International Union for Conservation of Nature-IUCN