Burkina Faso
Economic transition (sustainable supply-chains,circular economy, employment)


This project aims to change the production waste management methods of certain companies in Burkina Faso by using industrial symbiosis.

An initiative of Women Environmental Programme Burkina

Overview of the project

Carried out between January 2016 and June 2018, the initiative consisted in supporting 100 micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) transition towards sustainable management and production methods, prioritising women’s sectors, through the use of resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP), industrial symbiosis (IS) and energy audits.

The impact for at least 80 MSME includes: energy and primary materials savings, natural resource preservation, reduction and elimination of polluting waste, and diversification and job creation.


Accompanying businesses towards the adoption of sustainable consumption and production methods.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Quantitative results
  • Projects completed in more than 25 MSME
  • 144 MSME were mapped
  • 90 MSME trained in IS and RECP
  • 90 MSME assisted in the assessment and implementation of IS/RECP in production facilities
  • 51 waste/resource exchange synergies identified
  • 29 waste/resource exchange synergies realized/put in operation
  • 25 documented case studies
  • 32 green jobs created
Qualitative results

The targeted sectors of activity and the voluntary promotion of equal opportunities in apprenticeship have led to a high participation of female entrepreneurs (55%). Additionally, the alternative manufacturing processes also aimed to improve safety and security, while reducing the drudgery of dangerous or polluting tasks, often assigned to women.

Concrete examples:

  • The HAFFAAC oil mill replaced wood combustion with cashew nut shells from the ANATRANS company (pyrolysis system).
  • PTMSA is now exchanging its corn cobs and stalks for manure from EC Atelier, a non-polluting and safe fertiliser.



This project was financed by the European Union via UN Environment.

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About the

Women Environmental Programme Burkina

Zenabou SEGDA

“Women Environmental Programme Burkina” (WEP BF), an NGO created in 2011, aims to promote and protect the environment while addressing gender injustices, focusing on issues related to the environment and women’s economic and social rights.


A project
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    Non-Governmental Organisation

    Andrew Kitengue
  • Industrial Symbiosis Limited

    Non-Governmental Organisation

    Ian Humphreys

Climate Chance

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21 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris

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Conception & réalisation :
Yann Rolland
Thibaut Caroli

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