France, World Bank, AfDB pledge $25.5 billion against desertification in Africa

The war against desertification in Africa has gotten a boost with funding coming from multinational donor agencies and the government of France.

The financiers committed a total of $25.5 billion to support the 8,000-kilometre-long Great Green Wall, which is an African-led initiative, spanning 11 countries to combat land degradation, desertification and drought.

At the recent One Planet Summit for Biodiversity the Great Green Wall for the Sahel and Sahara Initiative, the donor agencies and governments pledged to make funding available for the next ten years to restore lost lands.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), climate change is having a crippling impact on the Sahel, happening one and a half times faster than the global average, and causing the region to experience droughts every two years, instead of the typical 10-year cycle.

UNEP said the funding from the government of France, which committed $14 billion; the African Development Bank, $6.5 billion and the World Bank, $5 billion, would help strengthen the climate resilience, restore degraded land, create green jobs, and protect biodiversity in Africa.

The Great Green wall is…

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