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Great Green Wall: Solidarity Against Desertification

Berrahmouni at the FAO clarifies that the so-called Great Green Wall initiative "is not a line or a wall of trees across the desert. The "Wall" is a metaphor to express solidarity between countries and partners, a mosaic of sustainable land management and restoration interventions."

Regardless of its name, the plan aims at promoting:

- Long-term solutions to the pressing challenges of desertification, land degradation, drought and climate change,

- Integrated interventions tackling the multiple challenges affecting the lives of millions of people in the Sahel and Sahara, including restoration of production systems, development of rural production and sustainable development hubs,

- And an urgent call to development actors and policy makers to invest more on long term solutions for the sustainable development of drylands in the Sahel and Sahara.

Bernd Thaller

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