Namibia to lead the Great Green Wall initiative into southern Africa

Namibia to lead the Great Green Wall initiative into southern Africa
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Namibia is interested in implementing and extending the scope of the Great Green Wall initiative into southern Africa.
Adapted by the African Union, the initiative is to plant a wall of trees across the southern tip of the Sahara Desert to prevent desertification.
More than 20 countries are partners in the initiative, together with many regional and international organizations.
Environment and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta says Namibia is ready to begin the necessary process to engage the AU and partners in extending the initiative to southern Africa.
The Great Green Wall aims to reverse land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara regions, boost food security and support local communities to adapt to climate change.
Shifeta says Namibia faces similar challenges and opportunities, which can be tackled through partnerships and collaborations.
The minister says talks are underway for Namibia to lead the initiative in adapting it for the whole of the SADC region.
He notes that it has the potential to strengthen local resilience to climate change, preserving rural heritage and improving the living conditions of local populations.
Shifeta made the announcement during the African Drought Conference in Windhoek this week.