Wonder-wall comes to Africa

Africa has a problem, and that problem is desertification. Living on Earth reports that as much as two thirds of the continent could swallowed up by desert by 2025. But a plan has emerged: the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility have donated more than 1.8 billion dollars to an initiative that involves 11 countries and 43 hundred miles of trees. The “Great Green Wall” project, as it’s been dubbed, is intended to halt the insidious southward creep of the Sahara Desert and simultaneously spur economic growth (see the intended path of the green wall on the map below).

Jean-Marc Sinnassamy from the Global Environment Facility remarked, “Sustainable management of natural resources with the aim of reducing poverty – this is really our goal for this program….It’s more related to agriculture, rural development, food security, and sustainable land management than planting trees.”

Do you think a Great Green Wall could work? Leave us a comment and let us know!

See a podcast and video here from Living on Earth:  http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00013&segmentID=3

credits: Treehugger.com


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