African leaders discuss Great Green Wall project in Chadian capital

June 17th, 2010 in Environnement, News 31 views

APA - Niamey (Niger) A summit of African heads of state and government on the setting up of the Great Green Wall Agency, on Thursday opened in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital, in the presence of representatives of a dozen African countries, official sources told APA here.

The meeting, which ends on Friday will approve the launching of this giant environmental project, called Africa’s Great Green Wall, a tree belt, which will link many African countries, Niger’s Prime Minister’s Office told APA.

The Great Green Wall is an African Union-sponsored project, which seeks to fight desertification in the Sahel strip of the continent, while helping combat the deforestation process in Africa.

The ambition of this mammoth project is to plant a 25 km-wide and 7,100 km-long belt of tress, stretching from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east of the continent, with some 80 water reservoirs all along its itinerary.

This tree barrier will cross 11 African countries, which are Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Eritrea, and Djibouti.