The Great Green Wall of Africa

POSTED Sep 8, 2016 BY Inez Willeboordse

The Great Wall of China was built over a millennium to ward off nomadic raiders. With Africa's farmlands threatened by an enemy more pernicious than any Mongolian horde, a multi African nation cooperative is aiming to erect a living defense system aptly named, the Great Green Wall of Africa. At JobnetAfrica we read about this 'wall' with great interest and we wanted to share information about this initiative with our followers.

What is the 'Great Green Wall of Africa'?

Basically it is a wall of trees across the width of Africa.

On completion the Great Green Wall of Africa is set to be the world's largest living structure, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.

In 1952 Richard St Barbe Baker, a British environmental scientist, proposed planting a swathe of trees across the southern reaches of the Sahara. The trees would block the wind and sand that move southward from the desert and improve the quality of the soil by binding sediment together and adding nutrients to the mix. In 2007 this proposal got on the table again.

When is this 'wall' in Africa going to be built?

Trees have been planted, but building a wall of them is no longer the priority. Instead, the wall of trees has become a vehicle for a wider goal: countries in the region working together to tackle climate change, food security and economic growth.

You can read more about the Great Green Wall of Africa on The Economist and AtlasObscura.

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Inez

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