Before becoming the name of this site, Gourmantour is the name of a project led by the NGO Nitidæ (October 2013 to the end of 2016). Named in reference to a "tour in the Gourmantché country," it aims particularly to support the development of ecotourism with and for the benefit of the professionals working in the sector in east Burkina Faso. Gradually Gourmantour became for the Eastern tourism professionals "a label" offering a wider visibility.
In favour of the local actors
The Gourmantour project is implemented as part of the Support Programme for the Parks of the Agreement (SPPA), steered by the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU), and backed by the European Union. It aims at improving the efficiency of the natural conservation of the WAPO cross-border complex, which is the largest West African biosphere reserve, straddling Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin and Togo. In addition, the programme seeks to promote sub-regional integration of the environmental policies and biodiversity management within the WAEMU.
Gourmantour: tourism, but not only
The project falls within a specific component of the program, whose objective is to build a sustainable conservation of the ecosystems of the WAPO Complex while optimizing the advantages for the benefit of the local residents. Indeed, this is to allow local residents to enjoy an economic development that agrees with a satisfactory natural preservation of the complex.
The Gourmantour project is built around a flagship activity: supporting the development of a sustainable tourism in the eastern region of Burkina Faso (including both the National Arly Park and the W park, which are part of the WAPO Complex).
Furthermore the project brings support to many ecologically sustainable income generating activities for the population such as support to agro-ecology, support to the development of a professional sector related to sustainable construction (local resources, building without using timber ), support to local entrepreneurship on energy efficiency and renewable energy production.