Info4Dourou: Sustainable Management

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Info4Dourou improves the availability of natural resource information for local people and improves scientific understanding of the mixed agricultural-savanna landscape.

The project brings together students and scientists from different groups at EPFL and their counterparts in Burkina Faso with a strong focus on public cooperation.

Since 2011, the Info4Dourou Project is over, but research does continue with the Info4Dourou 2.0 project…

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  • To reinforce and increase water and natural resource management capacity by engaging technology for development
  • To research dynamics between ecohydrology and watershed management in a West African context
  • To increase the ability of the rural community to adapt to changing environmental pressures

Priority Research

  • Information and communication technology for environmental management
  • Ecohydrology of heterogeneous agricultural-savanna landscape
  • Watershed dynamics and management of small, semi-arid catchment

Currents Results


  • Implementation of soil water balance for millet crops and agroforestry trees
  • Establishment of an environmental resource center in collaboration with the village youth association
  • Creation of a botanical garden in association with the women’s cooperative to promote reforestation and crop diversification
  • Installation of a wireless sensor network (Sensorscope) providing hydrologic and meteorological data in real-time over Internet
  • Ongoing monitoring and measurement of environmental and micro meteorological variables through specialized equipment

With the support of :

  • Foundation for the Third Millennium
  • Velux Foundation
  • KFPE
  • EPFL

School Projects

Interdisciplinary, interschool and international, Info4Dourou is one of the new SCHOOL Projects in scientific cooperation for development.

Il brings EPFL expertise to tackle a complex development issue, in which exchange between several disciplines is required. It also turns to a dialogue between external partners, scientists and financial backers, in areas of development that call for a worldwide effort.