African Development Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina, has been announced as a champion of Africa’s Great Green Wall initiative.
The appointment was made at a forum held in the margins of the One Planet Summit 2021 to mobilise support for the ambitious project to plant an 8,000km swathe of trees and other vegetation across the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa.
The green wall will act as a barrier against desertification and aims to create over 10 million green jobs in the region.
“I would also like to welcome the commitment of Dr. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, who has agreed to take on the role of resource mobilisation champion and help raise, by 2030, all the necessary funds for the realisation of the Great Green Wall,” French President, Emmanuel Macron, told participants.
In the role of champion, Adesina will lead the mobilisation of political and economic support for the initiative.
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