The Great Green Wall project was born in the 1980s, in the wake of the major droughts of the 1970s. It aims to restore, by 2030, 250 million hectares of degraded land, mainly for agricultural use, and create 10 million jobs, which will capture 250 million tons of carbon.
The Great Green Wall Accelerator is a flexible, multi-stakeholder structure that injects new political ambition into the financing and materialization of the Great Green Wall.
Its mission is to harmonize the efforts of all financial partners and boost joint actions to:
- protect and restore ecosystems by increasing agricultural productivity while preserving the unique biodiversity of this region and building regional economic resilience to face the consequences of climate change;
- improve food security for rural populations and build local value chains to replace cash crops that are of very little (or no) benefit to local populations;
- enhance soil carbon storage, thus contributing to the global effort to fight climate change;
- reduce migration pressure by creating economic opportunities for populations in rural areas that today fuel internal (rural exodus) and international migration flows.
This is the amount pledged for the Great Green Wall for 2020-2025 by international donors during the One Planet Summit on 11 January 2021.
The Accelerator is based on 5 pillars
- Pillar 1 - Investment in small and medium-sized farms and strengthening of value chains, local markets, organization of exports
- Pillar 2 – Land restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems
- Pillar 3 – Climate-resilient infrastructures and access to renewable energy
- Pillar 4 – Favourable economic and institutional framework for effective governance
- Pillar 5 – Capacity building
The Great Green Wall Accelerator is supported by the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in close cooperation with the Pan Africa Agency for the Great Green Wall (PAAGGW).
Analysis of donor programmes in relation to their commitments is ongoing. The goal is to obtain a map of the accelerator by pillar, by sector and by country. Monitoring and impact measurement tools will be put in place, with 1-3 indicators per pillar. An annual monitoring report on implementation of the accelerator will be published by the UNCCD Secretariat.
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