The Great Green Wall: restoring degraded land in Africa
The Great Green Wall is an African-led initiative with an ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa.
The initiative is now a decade in and roughly 15% through it, the initiative is already bringing back life to Africa’s degraded landscapes, providing food security, jobs and a reason to stay for the millions who live along its path, which are mostly poor. Once complete, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet, 3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Green Wall is taking root in Africa's Sahel region, at the southern edge of the Sahara desert - one of the poorest places on the planet. The Great Green Wall isn’t just for the Sahel.
The Sahel region is on the frontline of climate change and millions of locals are already facing its devastating impact. Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflicts over dwindling natural resources, and mass migration to Europe are just some of the many consequences.
By 2030, the Wall aims to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land, sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create 10 million jobs in rural areas.