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Our COP28 Delegation

Tree Aid at COP28

Tree Aid delegates will be in Dubai, where we will be part of the Burkina Faso pavilion, representing dryland African communities and calling for greater investment in locally-led climate solutions.  

We will be hosting three side events in the Blue Zone, including panel discussions and a new project launch.

The events are:

Launching a truly community-led carbon project at scale: introducing the Tond Tenga project and the carbon investment potential of the Great Green Wall.

Friday 1 December, 10:00 – 12:00 GST.

Harnessing the power of local communities: making Great Green Wall funding locally-led

Monday 4 December, 10:00 – 12:00 GST.

How to make the Great Green Wall a locally led movement: the power of local forest governance & forest products value chains

Wednesday 6 December, 14:00 – 16:00 GST.


For media enquiries, contact: 

Summer Brooks, Communications Manager -

or, the Tree Aid media team at: 

Who will be there: 

Headshot of Désiré OUEDRAOGO, Head of Programmes, Tree Aid

Désiré Ouedraogo, Country Director, Burkina Faso

Désiré is the country director at Tree Aid Burkina Faso. He has extensive professional experience in the development and management of projects and programmes.

A rural development engineer, he specialises in natural resource management, climate change, local and decentralised governance and local development. 

Tom Skirrow

Tom Skirrow, Chief Executive at Tree Aid, has been with the organisation since 2016. During his time at Tree Aid, Tom has led the team to deliver significant growth across its operations, securing large-scale investment for projects. He brings 20 years of experience in program and operational roles working on projects in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

Fabrice Bazie, Communication & Advocacy Officer for West Africa

Yi-Bour Fabrice Bazie is an experienced journalist and event host dedicated to promoting civil society and transparency in Burkina Faso, where he has committed his work to community-led ecosystem restoration.

Annie Schultz, Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Particularly passionate about bridging the science/policy gap through evidence-based action, Annie brings over 7 years of experience in International, National and Grassroots Policy and Advocacy, particularly in the interconnected fields of climate action, human rights, and sustainable development.