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Frontline communities are pioneering powerful initiatives to grow the Great Green Wall, one community at a time. Here are some examples of some of the citizen powered solutions emerging.

Frontline communities are pioneering powerful initiatives to grow the Great Green Wall, one community at a time. Here are some examples of some of the citizen powered solutions emerging.

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Gambia

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In The Gambia, frontline communities are working to shape the future of the country’s section of the Great Green Wall, through the organisation of a national citizen assembly - the first ever on the African Continent on climate related issues.

The assembly will build deep community ownership to create the enabling environment for making the Great Green Wall a long-term success in The Gambia. Frontline activists, led by the young conservationist Kemo Fatty, are travelling across the country in a Great Green Wall bus, equipped with a solar-powered cinema sharing information with hundreds of communities. The long term ambition of the programme is to:

  1. Seed a citizen-powered movement to build mass awareness of the project across The Gambia
  2. Host a grassroots solutions festival to unearth new models for Gambia’s national restoration drive
  3. Influence policy through a new citizen powered National Action Plan for the Great Green Wall validated by The Gambian Government
  4. Launch of a community fund to implement this new citizen powered blueprint with a project pipeline

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Niger

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Sahara Sahel Foods is a pioneering social enterprise that processes and markets foods grown along the Great Green Wall from pristine, indigenous Wild Perennial Crops beneficial to the environment. In doing so, they create markets for the rural small-holder farmers, destigmatise these foods and bring them back into peoples’ food habits.
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Labousitari is a local women’s movement in Niger to protect and restore local tree species in the fight against desertification and create animal fodder value chains to increase the income and create jobs for the surrounding populations from Tahoua to N’Guigimi.
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ProNat, a women-led social enterprise in Niger, provides local and regional markets with a healthy and balanced diet based on hive products and natural oils.
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Amman Immam’s Landscape Restoration for Ecosystem Recovery initiative is dedicated to the sustainable management and rehabilitation of wetlands and pasturelands, coupled with sustainable agroforestry in the Azawak, Niger and aims to empower and support Africa’s most vulnerable indigenous peoples.
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Chad

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Partners for the Restoration of Lake Chad and the Sahel (PRELACHSAL) is a grassroots organisation working to rebuild Lake Chad to its past glory. This once mighty Lake has shrunk by an unprecedented 90% due to climate change in the last 50 years inflaming age-old tensions between farming and herding communities and leading to the rise of Boko Haram. PRELACHSAL works to ensure the sustainable management of the Lake Chad Basin to enable a peaceful coexistence of communities in the region. It aims to help eliminate natural resource based conflicts and create green jobs and employment opportunities.
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Sudan

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Elmirehbiba Gum Arabic Producers Association (EGAPA) operates in Sudan, which is the global leader in supplying Gum Arabic, an important non-wood forest product obtained from Acacia senegal (known in the Sudan as the hashab tree). The commodity is widely used in an enormous range of industrial and medicinal applications and as a stabilizer and natural additive in the food industry around the world. The livelihoods of one million poor families in Sudan depend on gum arabic. However, processing the gum attracts high taxes and producers are constrained by limited access to market information or credit. EGAPA is a multi-purpose joint liability group of 300 members based on common trust. It aims to increase small-scale gum arabic farmers’ production and income by strengthening their abilities and improving market systems.
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The Sudanese Environment Conservation Society (SECS) works to promote the conservation of the environment through community participation in Sudan. Core activities include the establishment of an Environmental Forum, bringing together a diverse group of academics, environmental specialists, technocrats, politicians and NGO representatives, which oversee small pilot projects to support the alleviation of poverty in rural areas along Sudan’s section of the Great Green Wall.
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Lake Chad Basin

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Green Aid – One Billion Trees for Africa restores and grows native trees across the Sahel by using traditional technologies for integrated agroforestry practices, developing non-timber forest products value chain and creating rural land restoration-based jobs. Grassroot actions are currently being applied through integrated agroforestry and value chain development projects in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. This involves mostly youth and women owning and managing tree nurseries, learning and practicing processing, produce, package, brand and marketing non-timber forest products. This has enabled the creation of 77 land and ecosystem-based jobs for women and youths in 16 communities in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Burkina Faso.
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Actions pour la Biodiversité et Gestion des Terrroirs (ABIOGET) is a community based organisation created by Clement Solfane in 2004 as a youth, having seen the devastating impacts of land degradation, desertification and drought in his native Kousserri in the Far Northern Region of Cameroon in the Lake Chad region. ABIOGET is dedicated to fighting desertification, climate change and food insecurity through the implementation of agro- forestry, environmental education, water management and humanitarian programs/projects, in order to improve the living conditions of populations in the Lake Chad region.
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Burkina Faso

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Tiipaalga works to address deforestation, which is particularly severe in Burkina Faso’s arid north, which receives little rainfall and is plagued by desertification. With 80% of domestic energy needs in the country fueled by firewood, deforestation rates are alarmingly high. One of Tipalga’s flagship projects - in partnership with the Livelihoods Fund - is working to equip 30,000 households with improved cook stoves that help reduce wood consumption by up to 60% compared to the traditional 3-stone Burkinabe stoves. This in turn minimizes deforestation and brings additional benefits to local women, who now spend less time collecting firewood, helping to reduce health risks thanks to less smoke exposure. The project covers 9 communes and 222 villages in the provinces of Bam and Loroum in the country’s north and will eventually generate 689,000 tons of carbon credits and save 40,000 tons of wood at its completion.
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Mali

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Groupe de Réflexion et Développement Durable works closely with Mali’s local population to take up sustainable forest management practices, develop new value chains based on restoration and agroforestry activities and create the necessary supporting activities such as capacity building and inclusive governance.
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Association for the Conservation of the Environment and Sustainable Development works for the well- being of communities by safeguarding the environment and sustainable management of natural resources. It undertakes information and training activities to support populations in their development projects, responding to priority needs in the areas of water, food security, health, and environmental protection.
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Ghana

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Organization for Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability (ORGIIS) is a non-governmental organization operating in Ghana’s Upper East, Northern, and Upper West Regions. ORGIIS works with local women-led cooperative groups in sourcing and harvesting emerging superfoods grown along the Great Green Wall, including Baobab, Moringa and Fonio. ORGIIS works closely with the UK-based social enterprise Aduna in then agreeing fair pricing with local communities in harvesting and collecting baobab fruits from 1,530 producers from 44 communities, employing a further 293 women to transform the fruits into powder. With this model, the added-value from the processing stays within the community and the income goes directly into the hands of local women.
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Ethiopia

Forested Foods is an agroforestry business that demonstrates biodiverse forests can be more lucrative conserved than destroyed. They are working across the supply chain in Ethiopia, from cultivation and aggregation to processing and packaging, as well as marketing and partnering with farmers living in forests to sustainably grow portfolios of forest-based products.

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Senegal

Nébéday the Senegalese Association for Participatory Natural Resource Management works to support participatory management of natural resources by and for local populations. This includes the establishment of various value chains for natural resources including moringa leaf powder, monkey bread, bissap and honey.

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Nigeria

Herwa community Development Initiative is a nonprofit organization that promotes protection of natural forests in Nigeria, while enhancing the capacity of women and youth in nature and biodiversity protection.

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Mauritania

In Mauritania, the Naforé Association works to protect the local environment by contributing to the improvement of the living conditions of rural communities through the implementation of natural resource conservation activities.

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Zambia

In Zambia, Save Environment and People Agency (SEPA) is a climate advocacy grassroots organisation led by Zulu Mailes, known as the ‘Wangari Mathai of the Zambia’. SEPA tackles a wide range of environmental and climate issues in the district of Zambezi, where they operate,, while avocating Government to mainstream climate considerations into development planning.

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