Since 2007 21 African countries have been planting a belt of trees across Africa, The Great Green Wall Initiative. UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) names the project of tree planting in the southern Sahara “Green Belt”. When the project is completed, 8000 kilometres of desert stretching east to west will be forested. The goal of the project is to contribute to the global climate action by binding more than 250 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere – but also to create jobs and fight hunger and drought in the Sahelian Africa and to alleviate the consequences of climate change and desertification.
B4Trees’ mission of climate protection by planting and protecting trees is in line with The Great Green Wall Initiative. In this context it is beneficial when B4Trees plants tree species like Baobab and Shea which are native and adapted to grow in the Sahelian area. Along with other vegetation the trees sustain the living of animals and people in the area, and the trees bind precious water in the arid soil. The more benefit local people get from trees, the more will be planted, and in that way the trees and their products become part of a climate protecting circle.