National Parks and World Heritage Sites

Africa Becomes Green again with a natural Great Wall

Among other countries, Sudan, happens to be part of the ambitious Great Green Wall Project

The country shares the Great Green Wall Project, alongside ten other states on the continent.

The green wall project also covers Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, Nigeria and Senegal among other countries.

Sudan seems to get the lion share of the project, size wise.

Now this is an incredibly ambitious initiative which is aiming to build (essentially plant) more than 8000 kilometers (around 4970 miles) wall of trees straight across Africa to create the largest living structure on the planet.

The green belt is set to stretch across the entire width of the upper African continent, all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, cutting across the arid Sahel dotting savanna.

The Great Green Wall Project was launched in 2007 and applies an integrated approach to restore a diversity of ecosystems in the North African landscape.

It was designed as a symbol of hope in the face of one of the planet’s greatest threats, drought and desertification.

Africa is the second largest continent in the world after Asia.

This great green wall project was initiated through the African Union.

It was supposed to be a game-changing initiative which is also an African-led ingenuity to restore the continent’s badly degraded landscapes through replenishing the land with natural cover.

The Green Wall Project was also supposed to transform millions of lives in one of the world’s poorest regions, the Sahel.

The GGW initiative’s ambition is to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land; absorb more than 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs in the process to realize by 2030.

Green Wall Project is being implemented across 22 African countries and will revitalize thousands of communities across the continent.

GGW therefore brings together African countries and international partners under the coordination of the African Union Commission and the Pan-African Agency of the Great Green.

Until now over USD 8 billion has been raised, with more being pledged, to support this game-changing and global environment initiative.