Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2009

Africa environment day / Greening Africa




Africa environment day / Greening Africa


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 27, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Commission will celebrate, in Dakar, Senegal, on 3 March 2009, the Seventh Africa Environment Day.  The theme of the 2009 edition is “Greening Africa”.  Senegal, which hosts the event this year, has chosen to focus on the nature of the Pan-African initiative of the Great Green Wall (GGW) and the various environmental challenges it seeks to resolve.


Every year, this day is celebrated in Africa in order to heighten public awareness of issues linked to environmental conservation.  Africa is one of the continents that is most exposed to the harmful effects of climate change, and consequently, the disruption of ecosystems.  The theme chosen this year is intended to highlight the pan-African nature of the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative and the different environmental challenges it is aimed at resolving.


The celebration of Africa Environment Day in Dakar will be marked by the planting of a green belt, symbolizing the Green Wall Project and the organization of interactive programmes in partnership with local radio stations.  Drawing, writing and poem competitions on the Great Green Wall were organized, in this case, in partnership with local schools.  Presentations on the Day’s theme and on actions undertaken in the countries concerned will also be part of the events of this day of information and sensitization.


The Great Green Wall of the Sahara Project was launched at the 7th Summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 1 to 2 June 2005.  Its objective is to build a wall of greenery from Senegal to Djibouti in order to check desert encroachment and counter soil degradation.  The initiative was adopted by the African Union at the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union, held in Addis Ababa, from 29 to 30 January 2007.


At the African Union Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this day will be celebrated in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme  (UNEP) and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network. According to the principal theme, the day will also be marked by a tree planting to be held at the Graduate School of Telecommunications and Information Technology at 2 p.m.


It is also worth noting that the Great Green Wall concerns eleven countries of the Sahel-Sahara region.  It will stretch across Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Chad, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.  Each year, a total of 1 712 000 hectares of land are lost to the desert in these countries.


Journalists are invited the cover this event.



SOURCE : African Union Commission (AUC)


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