The Great Green Wall : Africa’s Response to Climate Change and Zero Hunger-Monday, 18 July 2016

During COFO, as a part of WFW Session / FAO Side Event; a side event on “The Great Green Wall : Africa’s Response to Climate Change and Zero Hunger” will be organised at Sheikh Zayed Centre from 18:00 – 19:30.

Turkey is dealing with Africa and the Great Green Wall.

As a part of Turkish Government interest to Great Green Wall, the Ministry of Forest Affairs of Turkey and the Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall signed a memorandum of understanding at the date of 30 May 2016. http://www.timeturk.com/ankara-girisimi-ndeki-hedefler-uygulamaya-konuluyor/haber-160355

For Youtube: http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4169/icode/?lang=floor&q=high

great green wall

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) is a pan-African programme launched in 2007 by the African Union (AU). 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. The initiative has evolved into a country-led regional sustainable landscape programme. The vision of a Great Green Wall across Africa is a metaphor that depicts a mosaic of sustainable land uses and community-based land management and restoration practices. The Great Green Wall is a game-changer for Africa, with the potential to strengthen local resilience to climate change, preserve rural heritage and improve the livelihoods of local populations. Under the coordination of the African Union Commission, the GGWSSI benefits from support from various partners, including EU, ACP Secretariat, FAO, the UNCCD, the GEF secretariat, World Bank, WBI, Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, CILSS, IUCN, OSS and many others. Economically valuable sustainable land management practices such as restoration of degraded and farmer-managed natural regeneration, are being implemented. These practices protect valuable soil to boost food production, increase water availability and quality, reduce climate and disaster risks, protect genetic resources, store carbon, and enable natural-resource based enterprises and livelihoods. However, with less than 3 per cent of total Sub-Saharan cropland currently benefiting from sustainable land and water management, there is much progress to be made. This side event offers an opportunity to inform the COFO community and partners on the results so far achieved by the initiative, in particular through FAO’ s support programme in partnership with the African Union Commission, EU, ACP, CILSS/Agrhymet, the Global Mechanism and the Network for Gum Arabic and Resin in Africa (NGARA).

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