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Restoring Lands, Lives and Livelihoods in Africa

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative is a pan-African programme launched in 2007 by the African Union. Its goal is to address land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara, boost food security, and support communities to adapt to climate change.

Natural resources and ecosystems that are critical for the livelihoods and wellbeing of the world’s poorest are threatened by degradation and over-use. But forward thinking and innovative approaches can help revitalize and boost the resilience of these resources and ecosystems, and the people who rely on them. Paula Caballero, Senior Director for the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice witnessed this first-hand in Mali, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

“Africa’s story is often one of extraordinary endeavour and human perseverance in the face of severe challenges,” said Ms. Caballero, Senior Director, after her visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. “In all the countries I visited, the link was clear between natural resources management and growth—not only today, but also for tomorrow.”

Changing Lives along the Great Green Wall

Caballero visited sections of the $1.1 Billion Bank-funded program supporting African countries’ Great Green Wall Initiative, which has had a positive impact on local communities and farmers in Burkina, Ethiopia, Mali and 9 other countries. Developed under TerrAfrica, the program aims to improve the resilience of lands and its people.

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