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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Desertification: EU, FAO commit 200m euro to GGW project

The European Union, EU and the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO have committed about 200 million Euros to boost the Great Green Wall (GGW) Project in six African countries. The gesture which is coming on the heels of the just concluded COP 21 in Paris, is borne out of the the interest of international donors to assist West African countries in the continuous implementation of GGW Project in the Sahara and Sahel regions. Speaking on the sidelines of a regional technical workshop organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Abuja, the Forestry Officer, Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division for FAO, Ms. Nora Berrahmouni, said the regional GGW technical restoration workshop involved different GGW countries from West Africa. The fund according to her, is a technical support that will ensure that resources are used in the best manner with the best methodologies to also reach the local communities on the ground  “This is a program of 20 million Euros that is funded by the European Union involves eight countries, six GGW countries from Africa – Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Senegal and Ethiopia and one country in Caribbeans which is called Haiti and another one in the Pacific,”she said. “This is part of the wider project which is called action against desertification in support of the GGW projects Sahara and Sahel initiative that is implemented by FAO in collaboration with the African Union Commission and Africa Caribbean Pacific group of countries and it is funded by European Union and a group of African Caribbean pacific states,” she explained. The Minister of State Federal Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril in his remarks, said one of the major objectives of the workshop is to strengthen the technical capacities of the GGW member countries towards actualising the vision of the Great Green Wall Programme. He commended the FAO, EU and African, Caribbean, Pacific, ACP countries for the initiative considering the fact that Nigeria is now at a critical phase of combating land degradation and improving the livelihoods of the affected people in the Sahel-Saharan Region of Africa through the Great Green Wall Initiative.

Source: Vanguard