The environmental response Fund (FIE) held its first session from December 8th to the 9th in Ouagadougou. It reviewed, evaluated, and validated reports for compensation for victims of damage caused by wild animals.
To do this, a thematic committee of fourteen member-state and non-state, entitled “Forest and Wildlife,” whose president is the Chief Forestry, Paul Djiguemdé, was set up to conduct the work. For the Chairman of the Board (PCA) of FIE, Issa Yonaba, the examination, evaluation, and validation by forty participants, the minutes (PV) findings of its damage finally convinced them of the greatness of their responsibilities. “The scale of human-wildlife conflicts are nowadays factors limiting the conservation of wildlife and make efforts precarious in food security and the fight against poverty,” he explained. This is why he believes the Forest Code Article 77 holds the state responsible for damage caused regularly by some animals outside their natural or usual habitat. However, “The repair pathways are opened by Article 11 of the special status of the FIE that identifies the compensation of local communities in the case of damage,” said Mr. Yonaba. In the opinion of the President of the thematic committee, Paul Djiguemdé, the duty will be to analyze the requests and offer technical advice.
The findings in particular relate to the damage caused on the property of the people, the bordering populations of the fauna living in symbiosis with the wild animals (lion, elephant, hyena, hippopotamus, crocodile, and buffalo). FIE’s main mission is to contribute to achieving the environmental objectives of Burkina Faso in particular, reduction of current trends of environmental degradation and economic loss, the fight against the adverse effects of climate change, and the economic development of the country by creating wealth and income in the sectors of the environment and natural resources.