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Strong partnerships are critical to the success of Action Against Desertification's efforts in support of land restoration along Africa's Great Green Wall and in the Caribbean and Pacific.

FAO and the Panafrican Agency for the Great Green Wall (PAGGW) started working together in 2017 on strengthening FAO's involvement in the Great Green Wall given Action Against Desertification's large-scale restoration approach.

In 2016, the African Union Commission (AUC) and FAO agreed to step up their cooperation in support of the Great Green Wall initiative in such areas as coordination, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, resource mobilization and knowledge management.

Transboundary interventions in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew between 2013-2015 have been instrumental to put Action Against Desertification's land restoration approach into practice.

The collaborative network set up under the Rome Promise on the monitoring and assessment of drylands carried out the first global assessment of the world's drylands. The results were published in Science, in May 2017.

Partnership with the Kenya Genebank at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) and the forestry research programme of the Institut d'Economie Rurale (IER) in Mali is key to satisfy the quality and large quantities of seeds required to upscale restoration activities in Africa.

In collaboration with the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL-Belgium), Action Against Desertification has been able to involve students in its work and develop proposals for research projects. Action Against Desertification works closely with FAO's Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism, securing additional financial resources to help to scale up activities in countries where Action Against Desertification operates.