Burkina Faso


Mapping floods in Nigeria using Sentinel-1 satellite images (Image: International Water Institute).

Due to heavy seasonal rain falls within the last months, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone have been affected by floods. Overall more than 300,000 people have been impacted and 39 casualties reported. 

Since August 30, approximately 206,000 people in Nigeria have been affected by floods in Adamawa State. The floods were triggered by spillage due to damage at the Dadin Kowa dam in Gombe State, which in turn caused an overflow at Kiri Dam located downstream in Adamawa State. Further heavy rainfall worsened the flooding. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been responsible for the... read more

Publishing Date: 26/10/2015
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Topographic map of Burkina Faso (Image: Sadalmelik)

The country of Burkina Faso has updated its entire national base map. IGN France International carried out this project between 2011 and 2015 funded by the European Union under its 10th European Development Fund.

34 topographic maps at a scale of 1.200 000 have been elaborated and the national topographic database has been upated. Not having being updated since the 1950s, the database could not reflect any longer the changes that have occurred in Burkina Faso in the recent years. Global warming, for instance, has caused changes in agricultural, farming or forest areas that will be now included in the updated map.     

The project was divided in four main components: the acquisition of satellites images and the technical assistance for the launch of tenders that were meant to permit the acquisition of the equipment necessary for the project; a capacity building phase,... read more

Publishing Date: 17/03/2015

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Training Seminar on space-based information

The French-language Seminar was divided into a one‐day high‐level awareness‐raising segment and a specialized training seminar for experts. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and institutionalize the use of space-based information for disaster risk management and...

Date of training: 26/09/2011 to 30/09/2011
Séminaire de formation sur l’information spatiale

Le séminaire, de langue française, était divisé en une journée de sensibilisation de haut niveau et un séminaire de formation spécialisée pour les experts. Le but de l’événement était d’augmenter la sensibilisation et institutionnaliser l’emploi d’informations spatiales pour la gestion du risque de catastrophes et la réponse d’urgence dans la région, à travers la création d’un réseau de...

Date of training: 26/09/2011 to 30/09/2011

Advisory Support

Burkina Faso is exposed to a variety of hydro meteorological hazards including floods and droughts. Global climate change, vector-borne diseases and locust plagues aggravate this situation. Taking this into consideration, the National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development of Burkina Faso requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to assess and advice on the use of space-based technology and information to support efforts targeting disaster-risk management and emergency response.

Mission dates: 17/11/2008 to 21/11/2008

Le Burkina Faso est exposé à divers risques hydrométéorologiques, incluant inondations et séècheresses. En prenant cela en considération, le Conseil National pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable du Burkina Faso a demandé à ONU-SPIDER de mener une Mission Technique Conseil (TAM) pour évaluer les capacités et conseiller sur l’utilisation des technologies de l’information spatiales pour appuyer les mesures de gestion des risques et catastrophes et d’interventions d’urgence.

Mission dates: 17/11/2008 to 21/11/2008

Data Source

National Focal Point

Direction Générale des Statistiques et du Contrôle Ecologique

Personne à contacter
Rigobert Bayala
Tel. +226-50 35 60 34 / 50 34 74
Email: rigobertbayala [at] hotmail.com

Statistics and Ecological Monitoring Directorate

Contact Person
Rigobert Bayala
Tel. +226-50 35 60 34 / 50 34 74
Email: rigobertbayala [at] hotmail.com


The Ministry of Health has notified the meningitis and measles outbreaks and is in the process of procuring and providing access to drugs in the affected health districts.

Source : Glide number

Across 7 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d?Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo) there have been 38 cases of wild polio reported in 2008 and an additional 13 cases so far in 2009. Ministries of Health have collaborated with coordination support by WHO to conduct 2 supplementary and synchronised polio vaccination days for children under 5 years across all 7 countries to prevent futher spread of the disease. The first round went ahead on 27th February and the second is planned for 27th March 2009.

Source : Glide number

At least three people died and thousands were homeless Tuesday(01/09/2009) in Ouagadougou and its suburbs as the capital of Burkina Faso was hit by floods, officials said - AFP 02/09/2009.

Source: Glide number

Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou since 1 September 2009. Roads, bridges and dams have been badly damaged, and a main hospital in the capital is flooded. According to officials, 5 deaths were reported so far and more that 150,000 people left homeless.

Source: International Charter


Burkina-Faso is once again hit by a new outbreak of meningitis. About 1,251 cases and 193 deaths have been registered within six weeks.

Source GLIDEnumber

Flood continuing since last week hit the north-central regions, killing 14, affecting over 31,000. Regional government is continuing search and rescue efforts.
  Source: glidenumber   Also refer to information from GDACS and ReliefWeb.

Status Update: 05/08/2010



Email: un-spider [at] unoosa.org

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The Department of Meteorology of Burkina Faso has jurisdiction over all the matters related to meteorology and its applications in Burkina Faso. It was created on December 30th, 1972 to manage the national meteorological activities in Upper Volta. The functions, organisation and functioning of the Directorate of Meteorology have been reviewed by several orders made successively in 1993, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Website: http://www.meteoburkina.bf/

The General Directorate of Agricultural Statistics and Forecast Branch (HPFB) is a central structure of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. One of its missions is to collect, process, analyse and disseminate statistics in the field of agriculture to better exploit the already existing statistics differentiated by gender. 

The Directorate of Plant Protection and conditioning is the national entity in Burkina Faso in charge of the International Plan Protection Convention that aims to protect the world’s plant resources from pests and to ensure the quality of food products. The DPVC includes three technical services which are: the Service Intervention, the Office of Pesticides and Pest Control and the Control Service Conditioning and Quality (SCCQ). 

The Environment Plan for Sustainable Development defines the main axes managers and benchmarks for a sustainable development. It aims to determine the strategy around which to build a framework of fight against poverty and to develop a sustainable development that takes into account the environment in all its dimensions. The design of this plan is based on a long term vision of environmental policy in a concerted and coordinated action.

Website: http://www.ncsds.org/index.php/sustainable-development-councils/86-country-profiles/profiles/90-burkina-faso

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is present in Burkina Faso since 1966. It forges partnerships at all levels of society to promote nations’ resilience to carry out a growth that would improve the quality of life for everyone. Present in 177 countries and territories, its programme in Burkina Faso is focused on national priorities such as the consolidation of the economy, the development of human capital, the promotion of the governance and the local development.

More information: UNDP Burkina Faso

With a population of 14 million (as per Census 2006 data), of whom 43.9 % lives below the poverty line, and almost half is under 15, Burkina Faso is classified as both a least developed country and a low-income, food-deficit country. As the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) is continually responding to emergencies. But WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future through programmes that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities. This helps communities become more food secure. WFP has developed expertise in a range of areas including Food Security Analysis, Nutrition, Food Procurement and Logistics to ensure the best solutions for the world's hungry.

Website: http://www.wfp.org/countries/burkina-faso

Burkina Faso has a total population of almost 16 million people, with an average of life expectancy at birth of 49 for male and 56 for female, a high rate of children deaths and a large burden of diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis among others. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. The WHO carries and important work on Burkina Faso and the African region, as one of the most precarious areas in terms of health.

Website: http://www.who.int/countries/bfa/en/

CONASUR is a public institution with humanitarian vocationl; that was set up in order to adopt a strategy for prevention and reduction of the disastrous effects of natural disasters in Burkina Faso. CONASUR's mandate includes: set up and implement, with competent partners, the national plan for preparation and... read more

The Sahel, in Burkina Faso is facing an unprecedented crisis situation since 2005. A deficit of cereal production is exposing vulnerable people and children to acute malnutrition due to high food prices and the lack of food security. Moreover, as a result of recent instability and the conflict in northern Mali, thousands of people have fled their homes to seek refuge from ethnic tensions and violent clashes. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures... read more

The General Directorate for Civil Protection of Burkina Faso is part of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MATS). Its main functions are the implementation of the regulation, prevention, sensitisation of the population and first-aid in collaboration with the Ministerial departments concerned; the direction and coordination of operations during natural calamities and disasters and the management of migration and displaced persons.


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