Africa’s Great Green Wall Initiative is a bold movement launched by the African Union to restore degraded lands in the Sahel by 2030. The aim is to re-green an 8000km long area spanning the continent from Senegal to Djibouti. Growing this Natural World Wonder will be key to achieving sustainable development goals.

The Trillion Trees Challenge for the Sahel and the Great Green Wall called for innovative solutions to accelerate landscape restoration and sustainable development in the region. In celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, this session will feature the winners of the Challenge in a conversation on how restoration and innovation can help sustain livelihoods, foster food security, combat desertification and create economic opportunities.

Watch this session on this page on 17 June 2021 at 10.00 – 11.15 CEST.

Opening Remarks by:

Ibrahim Thiaw, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations; Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)


Abdoulaye Sissoko, Founder, GasLowCost

Ariana Day Yuen, Founder, Forested Foods

Ariane Kirtley, Executive Director, Amman Immam

David Morrison, Co Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SoilWatch

Josef Garvi, Chief Executive Officer, Sahara Sahel Foods

William Kwende, Founder, Serious Shea SARL

Mariama Keita, Chief Executive Officer, Labousitari

Mark Akparibo, Founder, Tele-Bere VSL Association

Mohamed Baba, Founder and Chief Executive Director, Typha Alimentation Animale SARL

Ouma Kaltoume Issoufou, Founder and Chief Executive Director, ProNat

Tabi Joda, Executive Director, GreenAid

Youssouf Bamba, Founder and President, Groupe de Réflexion et Développement Durable

Moderated by:

Florian Reber, Head of Community,, World Economic Forum

Nicole Schwab, Co-Director, Platform to Accelerate Nature-Based Solutions, World Economic Forum