Africa Is Building A ‘Great Green Wall’ To Keep The Sahara Desert From Spreading

You’ve probably heard about the Great Wall of China but did you realize a Great Green Wall is now being built in Africa?

The 4,700-mile-long wall is due to be completed by 2030, and 21 different African Nations are busy working on it.

The wall is part of a reforestation project that will slow the spread of the Sahara desert. At this point, it has been slowly spreading to the south, but this wall, which spreads across the continent from Djibouti to Senegal, will be there as a barrier.

Photo: Instagram /greatgreenwallafrica

It will also pull carbon from the atmosphere and have far-reaching impacts.

Some of the countries involved got started in 2008, but others took some time to jump on-board. Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan have been selected as intervention zones for the Great Green Wall.

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The largest zones are in Niger, Mali, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.

The trees that make up the Great Green Wall are selected because they are drought-resistant. They will filter rainwater, provide new farmland, and slow down the strong winds that come off of the Sahara.

Photo: YouTube /The Great Green Wall

In addition, thousands of jobs have been created for those living in the region.

It’s nice to see that some progress is being made on this initiative. It just shows you what is possible when people pull together.

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