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The Great Green Wall

Growing trees and restoring land across Africa, contributing to the Great Green Wall movement.

Tree Aid is proud to be working with communities across Africa to grow trees and restore land in support of the Great Green Wall movement. This African-led initiative envisages an 8,000km mosaic of restored land across the Sahel that will transform the lives of millions living on the frontline of the climate crisis.

 

What is the Great Green Wall?

The Great Green Wall (www.greatgreenwall.org) is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow a wide belt of trees, vegetation and fertile land across the Sahel. Originally envisaged as an 8,000km band of trees, this ambitious project is now much more than that.

It is a beacon of biodiverse and sustainably managed land, providing nutritious food and green jobs for the millions of people living along its path. The Great Green Wall is bringing Africa’s degraded landscapes back to life and reclaiming the land for people. 

Women in Ghana carrying tree saplings on their heads to a planting site where they will plant them, helping to grow the Great Green Wall. Photo credit: Rowan Griffiths, Daily Mirror.

Why is it so important?

The Great Green Wall is one of the most urgent movements of our time. In the Sahel region of Africa where we work, people live with the effects of the climate crisis every day. Land is rapidly losing its fertility. People can't grow enough food and poverty is increasing. Millions are forced to go hungry or, worse, flee their homes in search of employment.  

By supporting the Great Green Wall, together we have the power to tackle the devastating effects of the climate crisis and desertification.

By 2030, the movement aims to have...

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How is Tree Aid contributing?

The African Union (www.au.int) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (www.unccd.int) are working together to make this ambitious project a reality. Tree Aid is proud to work with both organisations and be part of this movement.  

Across all of our projects we grow trees, restore land, and create green jobs in support of the Great Green WallOur ongoing contribution to this movement of change is providing futures for millions of people living in poverty.

Women in Burkina Faso using land regeneration techniques improve the soil fertility and help trees to grow, contributing to the Great Green Wall.

What have we achieved?

Tree Aid has restored and protected an area the size of 265,000 football pitches of degraded and infertile land. With communities, we have grown almost 22 million trees across the Sahel region. In fact, we now grow 1 tree every 19 seconds as part of the Great Green Wall.  

Already farmers are reaping the rewards, with bigger harvests and more food to eat and sell. We also help grow businesses, supporting communities to make and sell tree products, like shea butter and soap.   

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    people in enterprise groups

The impact

The Great Green Wall is tackling the effects of the climate crisis and helping communities to survive and adapt. It is providing millions of people in the Sahel with land to feed their families. It is a vital resource for the whole world, protecting our planet by absorbing carbon dioxide, a cause of the climate crisis.

Read about our impact

Looking to the future

By 2030, the movement aims to have restored 100 million hectares of land across the entire width of Africa. Tree Aid has already grown millions of trees and restored thousands of hectares of land, contributing to the Great Green Wall movement. But there is still more to be done.

With your support, we will work with more communities across the Sahel. We will grow even more trees and restore huge areas of land. Together, we will help transform the lives of millions of people living in poverty and suffering the effects of the climate crisis.