The wetland surrounding the town of Dori in the northern tip of Burkina Faso is a vital resource for the population of the town and surrounding areas. It is an important source of water and pasture. However, over the years, the marsh has suffered – its capacity to hold water has shrunk as it is being silted up by sand and soil from erosion in the surrounding areas.
In June 2013, WFP Country Director Angelline Rudakubana and the Mayor of Dori Albert Diallo visited the wetland and its surroundings to discuss how WFP could collaborate with the municipality of Dori on a project designed to rehabilitate the wetland. In addition to losing its water source, if the swamp cannot retain water, the town is at high risk of flooding from the heavy rains that come once a year, such as those that occurred in 2012.
The project’s participants cheer. Three other phases follow the initial, highly labour-intensive emergency phase with longer-term activities, including environmental protection, the reforestation of the areas around the wetland as well as anti-erosion techniques such as low stone walls. WFP was able to support this project through generous contributions from the UK and Italy.