FAO Co-Organizes Regional Workshop on Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative

10 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Senegalese Agency for the Great Green Wall Initiative recently co-organized a regional workshop on “Guidelines on Practices for Sustainable Forest Management in Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.” Participants at the 20-22 January 2010 workshop in Dakar, Senegal, discussed opportunities and challenges facing sustainable dryland forest management, including their role in biodiversity conservation, in addressing climate change and their socioeconomic importance. Participants also discussed the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI).

The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which is partnering with FAO in the implementation of a GGWSSI pilot programme promoted by the European Commission in the framework of this partnership, participated in the Dakar workshop. [Global Mechanism Press Release]