Planned GGW: 4,750 miles long and 9 miles wide – 330 miles of greenery planted – pledged over $3 billion

 

 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2016/03/07/the_great_green_wall_of_africa_an_environmental_protection_project_of_unprecedented.html

An Environmental Protection Project of Unprecedented Scale in Africa

By Dylan Thuras

Clocking in 4,750 miles long and 9 miles wide, the Great Green Wall of Africa is as ambitious as it is necessary.

 

While only 330 miles of greenery have currently been planted in northern Senegal, international organizations have pledged over $3 billion toward the completion of this massive environmental project, designed to help stop land degradation. But the Great Green Wall is about more than just protection from desertification. Thousands of jobs, increased environmental diversity, land management research, and tourists drawn to visit the planned forest are all additional benefits.

 

The successful growth of the Great Green Wall won’t just benefit the local region, it will have an impact on the entire African continent and beyond, stabilizing an unstable region, and helping fight the effects of climate change on a global scale.

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.