Action Against Desertification



Action Against Desertification project to improve community livelihood in Sahelo-Sahara regions

The livelihood of communities in these zones (Sahelo-Sahara) is heavily reliant on limited and degrading of degraded soils, water and vegetation resources, according to Fernando Abafa Edjang, who was speaking at the official launching of Action Against Desertification.

Held at Kerewan in the North Bank Region, the launching of Action Against Desertification was in support of the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) and South-South Cooperation in ACP countries.

According to him, the objective of the initiative is to arrest the advance of the Sahara Desert south and north wards, and to improve the livelihood of the inhabitants of the Sahelo-Sahara zone, being one of the most negatively affected in Africa.

He added that the initiative had economic dimensions in providing opportunities for income-generation and poverty reduction, through the promotion of community-based enterprises development, and a social dimension too in promoting environmental awareness in community settlements and school environments.

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative should not be conceived as planting trees in a straight line across the African continent; but rather a combination of inter-related set of activities and actions towards resolving the problems of resource degradation and people’s livelihood that requires multi-sectoral responses and interactions.

“This ceremony does not only reflect the confirmation of the international community and development partners urgent concerns in respect of the adverse effects of desertification and drought to the planet, but also our determination to reinforce our efforts as partners to combat and reverse the process.”

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Willem Van Cotthem

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