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 response, humanitarian partners conducted rapid assessments in five Local Government Areas focusing on shelter, food security, sanitation, health and education. 

Since the beginning of the rainy season in June, floods and strong winds affected eight regions of Burkina Faso. Numbers for September counted eight casualties, 54 people wounded and further 28,781 people... 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, including the implementation of the methodology, the identification of local expertise, the... 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 emergency response in the region through training a network of professionals from different institutions and countries....

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
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