Calltoearth, Perpetualplanet, Africa, The Great Green Wall: A 5, 000-Mile Living Barrier To Hold Back The World's Largest Desert - Cnn

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A 5,000-mile living wall could hold back the world's largest desert

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4/19/2021 9:04:00 AM

A 5,000-mile wall of trees planted across Africa could help hold back the Sahara Desert. Environmentalist Sarah Toumi, who fights desertification in Tunisia, supports the project and says communities are key to its success CallToEarth PerpetualPlanet

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(CNN)The world's largest desert is growing. In the last century, the Sahara Desert expanded by more than 10%, now covering an area of more than 3.3 million square miles (8.6 million square kilometers) and spanning 11 countries in the north of Africa.

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The Sahel region, a semi-arid belt that acts as a buffer zone just south of the desert, is most affected. Water, already scarce, is becoming scarcer. Soil quality is deteriorating, and a lack of vegetation is leading to food insecurity. The UN estimates roughly 135 million people who depend on these degraded lands are at risk.But an ambitious plan, launched by the African Union in 2007, could help to hold back the hot sands and protect the Sahel communities. Within the next decade, the Great Green Wall initiative hopes to restore 100 million hectares of land between Senegal in the west and Djibouti in the east, creating a 15-kilometer-wide (9 miles) and 8,000-kilometer-long (5,000 miles) mosaic of trees, vegetation, grasslands and plants..m-infographic_1615806096498{background:url(//cdn.cnn.com/cnn/.e/interactive/html5-video-media/2021/03/15/Great_Green_Wall_digital_375px@2x-50.jpg) no-repeat 0 0 transparent;margin-bottom:30px;width:100%;-moz-background-size:cover;-o-background-size:cover;-webkit-background-size:cover;background-size:cover;font-size:0;}.m-infographic_1615806096498:before{content:"";display:block;padding-top:103.73%;}@media (min-width:640px) {.m-infographic_1615806096498 {background-image:url(//cdn.cnn.com/cnn/.e/interactive/html5-video-media/2021/03/15/Great_Green_Wall_digital_780px@2x-50.jpg);}.m-infographic_1615806096498:before{padding-top:70.98%;}}@media (min-width:1120px) {.m-infographic_1615806096498 {background-image:url(//cdn.cnn.com/cnn/.e/interactive/html5-video-media/2021/03/15/Great_Green_Wall_digital_780px@2x-50.jpg);}.m-infographic_1615806096498:before{padding-top:70.98%;}}Having previously struggled with insufficient and unpredictable funding, the project received a major boost in January: $14 billion in new funding from France, the World Bank and other donors -- contributing nearly half of the $33 billion the UN estimates is needed to achieve the 2030 goal.If completed in full, the wall will be more than three times the length of the Great Barrier Reef, currently the largest living structure on Earth.Read MoreFresh shoots Nine years away from its deadline, there is still a long way to go. So far, 4 million hectares of land has been restored -- just 4% of the overall goal -- though this rises to almost 20 million hectares when counting areas outside of the official Great Green Wall zones. Countries have tried a variety of conservation measures, such as reforestation, agroforestry, creating terraces, and dune fixing -- a technique that prevents the movement of sand long enough to let natural vegetation establish itself. They are also taking steps to protect water supplies, by drilling bore holes and building irrigation systems.As well as restoring land, the initiative hopes to provide employment and food security to local communities.Ethiopia is reported to have restored the most so far, producing 5.5 billion plants and seedlings, and planting more than 150,000 hectares of reforested lands and 700,000 hectares of terraces -- which together make up an area more than five times the size of London.How these cranes escaped a life as status symbol pets in Rwanda "It took us more than a decade to set up the countries and all the strategies," says Elvis Paul Tangem, coordinator of the Great Green Wall initiative at the African Union Commission."But now we have laid the groundwork, we have seen what has worked and what has not worked, and we are on the highway to achieve our objectives."Among the biggest lessons learned is the importance of community collaboration, says Tangem."We went back to the frontline communities and looked exactly at their needs and the indigenous knowledge and practices that have been going on for centuries," he says.Community valueSarah Toumi, a French-Tunisian environmentalist involved in the initiative's recent fundraising push, agrees that such an ambitious project will only be possible if local residents are fully behind it. 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I guess when you can't obsess over the pres you have to resort to articles about trees and Louis Vuitton bags shaped like airplanes. Out of all the bs msm news networks CNN is by far the best to laugh at. Don't worry though only 3 years until you get to cry about him again. I thought because of all the carbon dioxide in the air and warmer climate, the Sahara was actually turning back into a green vegatative state?

That's 'natural' - also practiced in Bhutan -, similarly like rebuilding mangrove swamps (Bangladesh) being natural defence system against the sea/tsunamis (and nurseries for fish) Simple conservation method, also storing CO2 When worldwide applied: Climate disaster mitigation the sahara used to be a lush grassland 10,000 years ago

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