• Day 2: Thursday, 30 August 2018
  • Room: Conference Room 4

Discussion Forum 14: A global movement to help “grow a wonder of the world”.

Conference Room 4

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), or simply Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) is today recognized internationally as a huge African initiative, mobilizing more than 20 countries from the Sahelo-Saharan region, supported by international institutions, civil society and grassroots organizations to build a mosaic of sustainable land management and restoration interventions.

The Great Green Wall was established and endorsed by the African Union in 2007 and it represents “Africa’s flagship initiative” to overcome some of this century’s greatest challenges, e.g. climate change, land degradation, food insecurity, forced migration and conflict.

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel is playing a decisive role in the future of the African continent, as it has been restoring degraded landscapes, improving food security, creating economic opportunities and jobs, especially for rural people, and building resilience in communities.


Join us to learn more about the achievements and future plans of Africa’s Great Green Wall!


Nora Berrahmouni, Senior Forestry Officer in FAO

Jane Nimpamya, GEF Programme Officer in UN Environment

Paul Elvis Tangem, Coordinator of the GGWSSI in the African Union

Ulrich Apel, Senior Environmental Specialist in GEF Secretariat

Moderator: Siham Drissi, Programme Management Officer, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment