The Great Green Wall is Africa’s flagship initiative to combat the effects of climate change and desertification.  The Great Green Wall is an African-led project with an epic ambition: to grow an 8,000 km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. Its goal is to provide food, jobs and a future for the millions of people who live in a region on the frontline of climate change.  By 2030, the ambition is to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land, sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create a minimum of 350,000 jobs in rural areas.

Once completed, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on Earth and a new Wonder of the World.  

IMPROVING MILLIONS OF LIVES

 

The Great Green Wall is taking root in the Sahel region, at the southern edge of the Sahara desert – one of the poorest places on the planet.

More than anywhere else on Earth, the Sahel is on the frontline of climate change and millions of locals are already facing its devastating impact. Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflicts over fewer natural resources, and mass migration to Europe are some of the many consequences.

Yet, local people from Senegal in the West to Djibouti in the East are fighting back.  Since the birth of the initiative in 2007, life has started coming back to the land, bringing greater food security, jobs and stability to people’s lives.

A GLOBAL SYMBOL 

 

The Great Green Wall isn’t just for the Sahel. It is global symbol for humanity overcoming its biggest threat – our changing environment.

It shows that if we can work with nature, even in challenging places like in the Sahel, we can overcome adversity, and build a better world for generations to come.  

 

GROWING MORE THAN TREES

 

More than growing trees and plants, the Great Green Wall is transforming the lives of millions of people in the Sahel region.   

The Great Green Wall is a symbol of hope in the face of one of the biggest challenges of our time
– desertification.  Launched in 2007, this game-changing initiative aims to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes and in the process transform millions of lives in one of the world’s poorest regions, the Sahel. Once complete, the Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet – an 8000km natural wonder of the world stretching across the entire width of the Continent.

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel initiative is now being implemented in more than 20 countries across Africa’s Sahel region and more than 8 billion dollars have been mobilized and/or promised in its support. The initiative brings together African countries and international partners, under the leadership of the African Union Commission.

An African Dream

The Great Green Wall is already boosting food security and resilience to climate change, whilst creating thousands of jobs for the many communities who live along its path, especially women and young people. Moreover, it promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats that plague the people of this region – notably drought, famine, conflict and migration.  A decade after it was launched, the initiative is already empowering local people not only to survive in this harsh environment, but to thrive once more.