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The Great Green Wall of the African Desert

The Great Wall of Africa Iniciative

We’re growing a line of trees and plants that will bring life back to the land and transform people’s lives. We’re growing food for the millions who get hungry every day. We’re growing a reason to stay for the families forced to migrate to Europe, growing green jobs, giving real incomes and opportunities

The Great Green Wall is one of the most inspirational and urgent movements of our times. Global warming and overfarming are destroying healthy land, threatening the lives of millions of people. This African-led initiative aims to grow an 8000km new world wonder across the entire width of the Continent to transform the lives of millions living on the frontline of climate change.

The project started in the Sahel- an ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition in Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south. This zone has a semi-arid climate and stretches across the south-central latitudes of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea.

Growing a World Wonder

A decade has passed since the project started and roughly 15% has been completed. The initiative is already bringing life back to Africa’s degraded landscapes at an unprecedented scale, providing food security, jobs and a reason to stay for the millions who live along its path.

The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.

Senegal people working, the first country working on the wall

Once complete, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet, 3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.

For more information go to Great Green Wall.

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