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Images: 4th SAWAP conference in Ghana

The 12 nations of the Sahel and West Africa Programme in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP) a couple of months ago converged on the Ghanaian capital city of Accra on the occasion of the project’s 4th Conference.

Each nation presented the success stories of their projects, as well as the lessons learnt from their experiences.

Afterwards, participants moved to the northern part of the country on tour of implementation sites of the Ghana Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP), which aims to support farmers in the Northern Savannah Zone to adopt sustainable land management practices to help reverse land degradation and desertification in that part of the country.

Bora Masumbuko

Bora Masumbuko, Programme Officer, Protected Areas, IUCN speaking during the opening of the 4th SAWAP conference

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Introducing the dignitaries: Seated L-R: Mr. Henry G.R. Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana; Dr. Djime Adoum, Executive Secretary, Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel (CILSS); Prof. Frimpong Boateng, Minister for Environment of Ghana; Mr. Elvis Paul Tangem, Great Green Wall Coordinator, African Union Commission (AU); and Mr. Jean-Marc Sinassamy, Representative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), during the opening session

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A view of participants at the conference

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Participants/project officials being briefed at one of the project sites


Traditional dancers entertaining guests


By a partly dried river channel at Sissala East District, Upper West Region

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Awaiting official briefing at a projects site in Kunchogu Community, Sissala East District, Upper West Region, Ghana

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