Having evolved from a massive scale tree-planting and reforestation initiative into a more modular approach that combines a variety of landscape-scale actions that are tuned to their local context, the Great Green Wall could be a game changer for the Sahel, according to Goffner and her colleagues. They describe how previous actions that took a broad scale, simplified approach to greening the Sahel, fell short of achieving their goals and how a resilience framework that integrates past, present and future social-ecological systems and the bundles of ecosystem services they provide, can help with identifying and coordinating strategic actions to create resilient Sahelian landscapes.
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Goffner, D., H. Sinare, and L.J. Gordon. The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative as an opportunity to enhance resilience in Sahelian landscapes and livelihoods. Regional Environmental Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01481-z
Keywords: Green Wall, Sahel, Reforestation, Agroforestry, Resilience assessment, Silvopastoral