In December 2013 a pioneering initiative, known as FLEUVE – Front Local Environnemental pour une Union VertE (Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union) was launched, promising to help boost financial resources at the community level in 10 African countries.
The initiative was elaborated by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD, and funded by the European Union. It aims to strengthen the capacities of local stakeholders, including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), private sector and local authorities, to plan and finance sustainable development through a landscape approach. The initiative targets 10 countries north and south of the Sahara.
FLEUVE promotes local African communities as key protagonists in decision-making processes on sustainable natural resource management. It therefore aims to involve all the North African and Sub-Saharan African countries in a network of South-to-South solidarity.