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The BRICKS implementing agencies

BRICKS is a 6-year project to support the implementation of the Sahel and West Africa Programme in support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP), implemented by three regional centres of excellence: CILSS, IUCN, OSS, which are each responsible for a specific component of the project implementation.

• The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel – CILSS

CILSS was established on 12 September 1973 in the wake of the major droughts that hit the Sahel in the 70s. It brings together today 13 Member States including 8 Coastal States: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo; 4 landlocked States: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, and 1 island State: Cape Verde. CILSS has a mandate to be engaged in the search for food security and in the fight against the effects of drought and desertification, for a new ecological balance in the Sahel. This objective is achieved through 5 major service clusters: (i) Support the definition and implementation of sectoral policies relating to its mandate (national food security strategies, national desertification control action plans…), (ii) Basic and continuous training (agro meteorology, crop protection, in the field of information systems…), (iii) Information (operation of watch-keeping system on food security, databases…) , (iv) Research and capitalization (background studies on various topics, scientific support…), (v) Multi country pilot projects (many partners trust CILSS for the implementation of multicountry projects). CILSS consists of an executive secretariat based in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and two specialized agencies AGRHYMET based in Niamey (Niger) and the Sahel Institute in Bamako (Mali). CILSS remains a reference in the sub-region which earned it the distinction of International Public Interest Organization.

• The International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN

The IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. Valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and developing nature-based solutions to meet the global challenges of climate, food and development; these are the areas in which IUCN activities are being carried out. The Union supports scientific research, conducts projects around the world and brings together governments, NGOs, international organisations and businesses to generate policies, laws and good practices. IUCN is the oldest and largest global environmental organisation. It has more than 1,200 Members, Governments and NGOs and nearly 11, 000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. To carry out its activities, the IUCN has a staff of over 1, 000 employees in 45 offices and is supported by hundreds of partners in the public, private and NGO sectors around the world. To contribute to the IUCN Quadrennial Programme, the Central and West Africa Programme (CWAP) is based on 5 regional thematic programmes (RTP) which develop a regional vision and implement their programmes and projects: Forest conservation; Water and Humid Areas; Marine and Coastal Areas; Protected Areas; Law, Policy and Governance. The CWAP extends over 25 States.

The Sahel and Sahara Observatory – OSS

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) is an international (inter-governmental) organisation with an African vocation, established in 1992 and based in Tunis (Tunisia) since 2000. Its action takes place in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas of the Sahel-Saharan region. OSS members include 22 African countries, 5 non-African countries, 4 sub-regional organisations representing West, East and North Africa and a Non-governmental organisation. OSS works with its member countries and organisations in subsidiarity and complementarity. It acts as an initiator and facilitator of partnerships around common challenges related to shared water resources management and implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including those on desertification, biodiversity and climate change. Its programmes and projects are financed by voluntary contributions, grants and donations from our member countries and organisations and partners. A light and flexible structure, a transparent management of financial resources, effective governance mechanisms and a competent, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team allow OSS to make high value added contribution in the international and African institutional landscape.