The US government has contributed $10 million to combat the triple danger of desertification, climate change, and biodiversity, which has resulted in starvation and human fatalities in the Horn of Africa nation. The Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) was launched by President Mohamud, who stated that it will be carried out in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
“Today, we officially launch the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) in Somalia and announce our financial commitment of $10 million, which will be part of our country’s allocation from the adaptation fund in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development,” said the president. He went on to explain that the programme is a watershed moment in the Federal Government’s battle against climate change and environmental degradation.
“The succession of Somalia to the Great Green Wall Initiative represents a significant milestone in our country’s commitment to addressing climate change and environmental degradation, which have caused so much suffering to our people.”
Somalia is the newest country to join the GGWI, which now has 36 members from the Sahara, Sahel, Horn of Africa, and Southern Africa drylands. The Global Greening of the World Initiative (GGWI) is expected to support President Mohamud’s ‘Regreening Somalia’ Initiative, which was launched in October of last year and aims to plant 10 million trees to improve biodiversity and climate resilience while also assisting the country in combating repeated cycles of devastating droughts.
Hillary Sao Kanu, the ATMIS Police Commissioner, addressed on behalf of Ambassador Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union and Head of ATMIS, stressing that the Mission will continue to help the FGS in its efforts to regreen the nation.
“At the mission level, ATMIS has decided to incorporate environmental concerns into all of its operations.” The decision is consistent with ATMIS and UNSOS’s commitment.
The GGWI is the African Union’s Pan-African flagship programme. It was established in 2007 and strives to address desertification, climate change, and biodiversity loss through a vast network of green initiatives stretching from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa.