This interactive session will introduce the phenomenon known as the The Great Green Wall or Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel and investigate and explore the crucial role that cities can potentially play. Cities, being at the forefront of development and modern life as we know it could be the link needed to elevate the GGW initiative. This session will highlight the benefits of having cities and their stakeholders as key enablers to the success of the GGW initiative, in addition to why they need to be considered important connecters in the initiatives long-term success.
The kickstart of the Decade of Action provides an ideal opportunity to link and merge forces across boundaries towards collaborative action. The GGW objectives stretch beyond jst the planting of tress, as it is also envisaged that the holistic social change will emerge seeing increase in food security, reduced poverty and resilience to climate change are essential co-benefits. Linked to this is the realisation and drive towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level. The high-level objectives of the GGW initiative encapsulates those of the SDGs, highlighting the importance of the continued need for biodiversity and natures for a sustainable urban future.
The GGW as a mosaic of green and productive landscapes also draws direct ties to the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration toward preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people.
Hosted by: ICLEI, South Africa