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I admit that it's often easy to get down when thinking about environmental degradation, especially in a place like Africa which has had so many other problems as well. Every once in a while though you come across a story that makes you reconsider your assumptions about stopping a seemingly relentless force such as the expanding desertification in the Sahel.
The Great Green Wall
ENN is running a story about how African nations on the creeping southern border of the Sahara are taking action to attempt to halt the march of sands. The so-called "Great Green Wall" won't be a continuous band of trees, but will involve several areas of planting stretching from Mauritania in the west to Djibouti in the east. The plan has been in the works for several years, but planting will soon begin.Seven Thousand Kilometers of Trees
The belt of green will be 7000km long and 15km wide, cost $3 million to plant and take two years to complete the initial project phase. The west-most section will be planted in Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Fase, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal, while the eastern section will be planted in Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.