THE “GREAT GREEN WALL” AGAINST DESERTIFICATION
UNESCO – Sipa Press
The Sahel continues to suffer from widespread drought, villages have been deserted and the ecosystem is threatened. To fight desertification, which has beset the Sahel, and its impact on the local population, 11 African countries ( Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Soudan) came together in 2004 to launch a solution to this major ecological challenge: the “Great Green Wall”. The goal is to create a multi-species belt of vegetation which will cross the African continent from Dakar to Djibouti, over 7,000 kilometres in length and 15 kilometres in width. In parallel to the construction of the “Green Wall”, many educational programs have been implemented.
FILMMAKER: Anne-Laure Cahen
EDITING: François-Xavier Richard