Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative

From the initial idea of a line of trees from east to west through the African desert, the vision for a Great Green Wall has evolved into that of a mosaic of interventions addressing the challenges facing the people in the Sahel and Sahara.

The overall goal of the Great Green Wall initiative is to strengthen the resilience of the region’s people and natural systems with sound ecosystems’ management, sustainable development of land resources, the protection of rural heritage and the improvement of the living conditions of the local population.

The Great Green Wall initiative promotes:

  • Long-term solutions to the pressing challenges of desertification, land degradation and drought
  • A mosaic of integrated interventions tackling the multiple challenges affecting the lives of people in the Sahel and Sahara
  • Good local practices in environmental management and sustainable development
  • An urgent call to development actors and policy makers to invest more in the development of Africa’s arid zones

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Building the African wall