The Saharan dessert is gaining ground, it engulfs more than 10 million hectares per year. Since 1900, the Sahara has progressed to the south of 250 km on a front of 6 000 km. Africa is the last place on Earth with a wide range of large mammals, but never in the past have there been so many plants, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and large mammals threatened as today, by a series of human and natural causes.
We know that deforestation is responsible for the emission of 24% of greenhouse gases, according to the Earth Day Network, which is very far in front of all causes responsible for the greenhouse effect such as automobile transport, and aeronautics as well as the overcrowding.
Some 500,000 km2 of land is already degraded as a result of deforestation, unsustainable agriculture, overgrazing, mining, invasive species or global warming. This, while in rural areas, the livelihood of more than 62% of people depends on the health of the natural environment, and the population of the continent is expected to double by 2050, to reach 2.5 billion people.
Jardin Siroccco Foundation is working on reforestation around the Sahara. A green belt is envisioned to enclose this vast expanse of invading sand. This lush green strip of 15 km will serve to block the road to the wind transporting the sand. It will protect agriculture from bad weather. In this space will flourish a diversified animal life indispensable. We favor plantation diversification rather than fragile and dependent monoculture.
Coupled with the water supply and energized by the electricity generated on site, reforestation will be an economic, social and ecological asset essential for this large African area in difficulty.
This large project therefore mobilizes modern industrial infrastructures and all the advanced technologies, as well as extensive tools, trucks, machinery, technical constructions, ... The Foundation uses leading skills such as engineers, agronomists, biologists, ecologists and a multitude of experts.
Reforestation plan, animal life, agricultural activity
Green Belt Project