Great Green Wall for Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI)

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Name of initiative Great Green Wall for Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI)
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
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Starting year 2008
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Secretariat African Union Headquarters, PO. Box 3243, Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area), W21K19, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organisational structure The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) is a pan-African programme launched in 2008 by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and African Union (AU). Its goal is to reverse land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara, boost food security and support local communities to adapt to climate change.
Geographical coverage Africa
Name of lead organisation African Union (AU)
Type of lead organisation United Nations or Specialised agency
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Ethiopia


Description The objective of the initiative is to grow an 8,000km-long line of trees and plants across the entire Sahel, from the Atlantic coast of Senegal to the east coast of Djibouti – halting desertification and creating a huge swathe of green across the entire African continent, by 12 African nations.
Objectives By 2030, the expectation of the new phase of the initiative is to restore 50 million hectares of land; sequester 250 million tons of carbon; support 300 million people in communities across the Sahel; and provide access for 10 million smallholder farmers to climate resilient agricultural technologies.
Activities To fulfill the vision of the GGW, the UNCCD is proposing this new initiative to help reach out to every GGW community and make sure that no community or country is left behind. This will require a mass engagement of local communities under the Great Green Wall.

The first GGWSSI conference was held 2-7 May 2016 in Dakar. A Regional Harmonizes Strategy has been developed, and National Strategy Plans made in 2014 can be downloaded for Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal.

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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Capacity building
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Training and education
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Participants Number Names
Members 29  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 2 KEW Royal Botanical Gardens (United K.),  Sahara and Sahel Observatory (Tunisia)
Non-governmental organisations 0 IUCN (France)
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 5 African Union (Ivory Coast),  CILSS (Burkina Faso),  FAO (Italy),  GEF (USA),  EU (Belgium).
Financial Institutions 1 World Bank (USA)
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Not only have national states as participators