@allureethiopia The Great Green Wall is Africa’s flagship initiative to combat the effects of climatic change and desertification. The project is launched by the African Union in 2007 and aims to plant a giant wall of trees that will run across the width of the continent to stop the spread of the Sahara desert.
The initiative also aims to transform the lives of millions of people by creating a mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa, especially in the Sahara and Sahel regions. Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflicts over deteriorating natural resources, and mass migration to Europe are some of the many consequences affecting the regions
Since the birth of the initiative, life has started coming back to the land, bringing improved food security, jobs and stability to people’s lives.
Furthermore, this 8 billion USD project intends to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, which would create 350,000 rural jobs and absorb 250 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
As of March 2019, 15% of the wall is complete with substantial gains made in Nigeria, Senegal, and Ethiopia. In Senegal, over 11 million trees had been planted. Nigeria has restored 12 million acres of degraded land and Ethiopia has reclaimed 37 million hectares.
Once complete, the Great Green wall of Africa will be a manmade forest of drought-resistant trees stretching across the entire continent. The wall isn’t just for the Sahel and Sahara regions but it’s a global symbol for humanity overcoming its biggest threat which is climate change and desertification.
BBC Newsnight : The Great Green Wall of Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVOYN70scS8&t=158s
The Great Green Wall: The Great Green Wall Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB1qK_yBVxU&t=7s
Daniel Caspi: The Sahara Desert in Morocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaIniVvizEQ
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