Integrated Land & Water Management for Adaptation to Climate Variability & Change in Mali - ILWAC



ILWAC Project implementation started in September 2011 for a total duration of 18 months. The first phase focuses on the development and building of an Information System dedicated to the sustainable land and water resources sustainable management (SLWM) in Mali.


Financial & Technical Partners

The ILWAC project is funded by the World Bank and implemented by OSS in partnership with several Malian institutions, namely:

  • Agence Globale sur le Changement Climatique au Mali ;
  • Agence pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable ;
  • Centre Nationale de Lutte contre les Criquets Pèlerins ;
  • Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire ;
  • Commission Nationale Permanente de Prévention et de Lutte contre les Catastrophes Naturelles et d’Organisation des Secours ;
  • Direction générale de la Protection Civile ;
  • Direction Nationale de l’Hydraulique ;
  • Direction Nationale de Météorologie ;
  • Institut du Sahel ;
  • Institut Géographique du Mali ;
  • Ministère des finances


Country of Operations

Main Objective

The “ ILWAC “ project main objective is to set up an information-sharing and knowledge management system for informed decision-making on sustainable land management and climate change adaptation in Mali.

Specific objectives

  • Design and implementation of an integrated and coherent Information and Data Management System.
  • Knowledge-sharing and national capacity building.
  • Knowledge integration in decision-making processes.
  • The project equally aims to enhance Mali’s participation in and access to the REDD+ Mechanism and the Green Climate Fund, notably through:
  • The elaboration of a National Action Plan.
  • The definition of a baseline for Greenhouse Gas Emission.
  • The establishment of a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system in accordance with the REDD+ requirements.


The project was structured around three components:

  • First Component

Aims to develop an Information System, including data mapping and collection. It allows the reinforcement of the SLWM information system currently used in Mali through information acquisition and database update across the country with a focus on three pilot zones.

  • Second Component

The second component focuses on data analysis and vulnerability assessment. It includes a spatial analysis and the cross-study of various information layers in order to identify ecosystems vulnerability and assets at risk of climate-related disasters.

  • Third Component

Capacity building and awareness-raising, with a view to compiling and disseminating the various project outputs to relevant stakeholders.


Project Status


Main Outputs

  • Land-Use Cartography: assessment of the carbon sequestration potential And vulnerability.
  • Geographic Information System: on land and water use and management:  . It allows access to tools generated by the project, and to other tools developed by national and international partners.
  • Methodology for land-use cartography which allows the use of high-resolution satellite data (Landsat TM 2010) to cover the entire territory. The methodology is based on multi-date classification (approximately 4 images per scene) assisted by a high–resolution photo-interpretation (Google Earth).
  • Maps on land evaluation were made by combining the products made in the project with those of the MDA. The maps show land-use changes over the last twenty years and draw attention to the pressure caused by anthropogenic activities.