Senegal is one of 11 countries in the Sahel region of Africa looking towards the same solution to the desertification problem: The Great Green Wall. The goal of the project is to plant a wall of trees, 4,300 miles long and 9 miles wide, across the African continent, from Senegal to Djibouti. African leaders hope the trees will trap the sands of the Sahara and halt the advance of the desert.
The project has received a total of 1.8 billion dollars from the World Bank and another 108 million dollars from the Global Environment Facility.Senegal is currently the furthest along with the Great Green Wall.
hey've planted roughly 50,000 acres of trees in addition to protecting existing trees. It's been successful so far in Senegal but not everyone believes it can work across the entire Sahel region for many and obvious reasons.
On a much different scale this positively reminds me of the work Caplor was involved with earlier in the year with the Hereford Diocese in Tanzania helping to reduce erosion and increase food production through schools and small scales agriculture. We can all take part and do our bit !