Jun 21, 2012

The Great Green Wall Project in Sahel


NEPAD has committed $2 billion for the Great Green Wall.  The head of the TerrAfrica agency and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Ousmane Djibo, said about $ 2 billion U.S. were identified to support the project of the Great Green Wall for the Sahel and in parts of West Africa. This was according to the information service and communication of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

In a speech presented Monday at the round table of high level on NEPAD and sustainable development on the fringes of Rio 20 conference, Mr. Djibo said the project’s development objective is to extend the sustainable land and water management in targeted landscapes and areas vulnerable to climate in the Sahel and West Africa.

“About 108 million U.S. dollars of total project were approved in May 2011 by the Global Environment Facility (GEF),” said Djibo, who added that 12 countries are already hard at work on their investment operations. Investments are made ​​in the areas of natural regeneration of the canopy forestry, integrated soil fertility, water harvesting, agroforestry, soil conservation, alternative livelihoods, watershed management and conservation corridors.

He said the project should also focus on the production and sharing of knowledge, especially in the economic analysis, the natural resource monitoring, mapping of land suitability, hydro-metallurgy and land degradation. This will strengthen institutional capacity for planning of land use, resource ownership, decentralization, innovation networks of farmers, enforcement and evaluation of environmental impact. Djibo also said that pointing out that land degradation affects nearly 500 million people and two-thirds of productive land.

Africa holds 17% of the world’s forests but half of its deforestation is caused by agricultural expansion. ECA is a strategic partner of the NEPAD Agency and support the implementation of its programs through direct technical assistance, analytical work of its advisory services and knowledge management.

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