Action Against Desertification (AAD) in support of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Action Against Desertification is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to restore drylands and degraded lands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to tackle the detrimental social, economic and environmental impact of land degradation and desertification. It is implemented by FAO and partners with funding from the European Union under the framework of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

The programme builds on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, established in 2007, which has become Africa's flagship initiative to combat the effects of climate change and desertification and brings together more than 20 African countries, international organizations, research institutes, civil society and grassroots organizations.

Over four years, until 2019 ACP, the EU, FAO and partners such as the African Union Commission, the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Walloon region will support six African countries – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – as well as Fiji and Haiti in improving the condition and productivity of the agrosilvopastoral landscapes affected by land degradation, drought and desertification.

Open to Applications: 
Application Time Frame: 

Not applicable.

Climate Objective: 
Administrator Type: 
Intergovernmental Organization
Direct Access: 
Not Applicable
Fund Size: 

Not applicable.

Not applicable.
Implementing Entity: 

FAO in partnership with Government partners (Environment Ministries National agencies for the Great Green Wall, Tree seed centers, NGOs and Universities) including :
• In Burkina Faso: The National Coordination Unit for the Great Green Wall within the Ministry of Environment. Green Economy and Climate Change; NGOs (Reach Italia and Tiipalga), the National Forest Seed Center of Burkina
• Ethiopia: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
• The Gambia: Department of Forestry, MoBSE,
• Niger: National Agency for the Great green Wall and the National forest seed center of Niger
• Nigeria: National Agency for the Great Green Wall
• Senegal: National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Enda
• Fiji: Ministry of Fisheries and Forests
• Haiti: Ministry of Environment

Steps to Access & Application Procedure: 

Not applicable.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure: 

• Steering committee for the Africa project component.
• Steering committee for the inter-regional component (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific).

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures: 

• Annual interim financial and narrative reports are submitted to the European Union
• A final financial and narrative report to be submitted at the end of the project
• Monitoring Plans
• Mid-term review and final evaluation

Co-financing Requirements (if applicable): 

Not applicable.

Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income: 

Not applicable.

Contact Information

Nora Berrahmouni
Forestry officer (Drylands)

Last Updated: 
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Sectors & Topics: 
Community-based Adaptation
Ecosystem Adaptation
Forestry & REDD+
Land Use
Eligible Countries and Geographic Regions: 
East Asia-Pacific
Latin America & Caribbean
Sub-Saharan Africa
Active in Countries: 
Burkina Faso
Gambia (the)
Niger (the)