Peter Westerveld: Contour Trenching

Peter Westerveld was born and raised in Tanzania on a sisal farm. Growing up, he learned that the more deforestation that occurred, the more successful one was in agriculture. At the tender age of ten, however, when Westerveld began making forays into the rainforest, he was struck by the sheer number of plants, insects, fish and wildlife, and recognized that there was something wrong if the Africans were all suffering as a result of the Europeans’ success.

Expanding Africa’s Great Green Wall

Land restoration in northern Niger is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. Now, under FAO’s Action Against Desertification programme, these efforts are being expanded to six African countries. This success shows that land degradation around the Sahara is not yet irreversible.


Earthrise – The Great Green Wall

The Sahara is creeping into the verdant southern Africa. To counter desertification, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States has launched the Great Green Wall, a project to create a tree belt across the continent coast to coast through 11 countries.


Re-greening in Niger, a road trip with Dr Chris Reij

This 9 minute film is an insight into the work of soil and water conservation expert, Dr Chris Reij. In June 2012
I joined him on a whistle-stop tour of communities in southern Niger. This area is right on the edge of the Sahara and yet growing in the sandy soil are an abundance of vegetables, cereal crops and trees.


Turning the tide on desertification in Africa

In Senegal, the Acacia project has involved the planting and managing of Acacia forests in arid lands helping combat desertification while providing life-changing benefits to local communities. With two thirds of the African continent now classified as desert or drylands and desertification affecting a quarter of the world’s population, the breakthrough has the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable populations


The Last Wall Against Desertification

Building resilience for smallholder farmers in marginal drylands


Africa’s Ambitious “Great Green Wall”

The plan to build a five thousand mile band of trees across the Africa begins in Senegal, where trees are already being planted.


Egypt: The Amazing Forest in the Desert | Global 3000

Fertile land is scarce in Egypt. All of life depends on water from the Nile River. 85 million Eyptians are settled along its banks. The rest of the country is desert. Egyptian and German scientists have now found a way of cultivating forests in the desert sand.


Lessons of the Loess Plateau

Ecopoint has teamed up with the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), and John D. Liu, Founder & Director of EEMP, is proud to bring you this film. In 2005, the Chinese government, in cooperation with the World Bank, completed the world’s largest watershed restoration on the upper banks of the Yellow River. Woefully under-publicized, the $500 million enterprise transformed an area of 35,000 square kilometers on the Loess Plateau — roughly the area of Belgium — from dusty wasteland to a verdant agricultural center.


How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.