The race to restore 100 million hectares of Africa’s Great Green Wall begins

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Bonn, 27 October 2021 - Ministers of Environment, Finance and Planning from Africa’s Great Green Wall countries and the partners active in the initiative met yesterday to discuss new arrangements to help countries in the Sahel Region to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.

Meeting for the first time since the Great Green Wall Accelerator was announced in January, the partners reviewed proposals to overcome bottlenecks. There was real enthusiasm to fast-track efforts to ensure that pledges, that have now reached US$19 billion, are turned into acres and action at local level.

The partners’ remarks focused on building a common understanding around key issues. First, a harmonized results framework with five pillars is a critical tool to make it easier to access the pledged funds and to monitor the results on the ground in the 11 countries of the Great Green Wall.

Second, each country has its own partners and can develop their own programs based on their needs. A national level multi-stakeholder forum to exchange information and integrate the Great Green Wall into national development programs is essential.

Third, a harmonized two-tier framework and approach could strengthen coordination at the national and at the regional levels. Lastly, building capacities at the national and local levels would help to overcome operational challenges, inspire the development of bankable projects and unlock action on the ground.

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