Africa's Great Green Wall Making a Dream come true: FAO's Action Against Desertification.

October 25, 2018 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

You are cordially invited to attend the ZEF public colloquium with Dr. Moctar Sacande (FAO) who will talk about “Africa’s Great Green Wall: Making a dream come true: FAO’s Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme”.

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:30 pm
Venue: ZEF, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn, Right Conference Room

Abstract: For too long the Great Green Wall has been a dream. More than ten years after its launch, the epic ambition of converting Africa's drylands into green and productive landscapes where rural communities would thrive remains elusive. However, FAO's Action Against Desertification could be a game-changer. Years of restoration work have made real changes in the lives of thousands of people. Bringing its successful model to scale offers a real chance to make the dream come true.

About the speaker:  Dr. Moctar is FAO’s International projects Coordinator for Action Against Desertification in support of the implementation of Africa’s Great Green Wall. He is Expert in forest Seeds and drylands Restoration and provides technical backing in large-scale restoration of degraded lands for small scale farming. In 2000 he was awarded a Ph.D. from Wageningen University, Netherlands and worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK for 15 years as a Research Leader in natural capital, before joining FAO in 2015. He has considerable experience in seed science and technology and in dryland restoration. He has devised a resilient restoration approach, which places communities and plant knowledge at the heart of the interventions. He is the focal person for Africa’s Great Green Wall programme at FAO headquarters in Rome.


Christine Schmitt

Prof. Dr. Christine Schmitt


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