What we do
We contribute in building the forest of the future; the Great Green Wall. We do that by growing trees and collecting huge amounts of seeds. We make fields of ditches in degraded areas to ‘harvest’ all the water that comes from the sky in the raining season. In the ditches we dig we plant trees and seed our seeds. When the rain comes the water will not flow back to the river, or evaporate. But it will sink deep into the ground. This wet soil is giving the growing plants and trees a good chance to survive the heat. The groundwater level will also rise, creating more drinking water. The concept is very easy and the Dutch Peter Westerveld proved in Kenia that this technique actually works. We want to apply his technique in the dry areas in the North Bank of The Gambia.
Making degraded land green again
The main goal of this project is to re-green degraded areas in the Sahel into green, fertile lands. This proces proved to increase the amount of harvest per year. The groundwater level will rise and the quality of the water will be beter because it has been filtered by the vegetation. Live-stock will be more healthy because there is enough food and water. Wildlife will return again. To be short, this project will create a healthy environment for the people living in the Sahel.
Providing jobs in the poor regions
To develop this ‘new forest of the future’, we need the people of The Gambia. In particular women and young people. They will find jobs in the Green Wall Warriors project by selling us the seeds they collect. We need people to run our tree farm(s) and seedbanks, to transport seeds and trees, to plow the land with tractors and work like that. By providing these jobs we give a financial injection to a very poor region. This will prevent young people from migrating to Europe. Local farmers will farm more and earn more income because the amount of harvests increase after transforming the land.
Fight the world food problem
Peter Westerveld has proven that it is possible to increase the amount of harvests in Sahel countries. He proved this by an experiment he did in the town Bamako in Mali. Peter Westerveld contour trenched an area of miles around Bamako. The results the year after were stunning. Instead of one harvest per year, local farmers could harvest four times per year. A direct solution to the world food problem.
Making earth a lot cooler
By turning degraded lands into green areas we contribute in cooling down the earth. Planting trees in dry areas is a the only solution we have to get more carbon dioxide from the air. With every hectare of land we transform into forest, we store 250 tons of CO2. If we can manage to reach our goal of 2000 hectares in the second year of this project, we could be able to store over 500.000 tons of CO2. These new green area’s create rain bij evaporation.
We fight extremism and illegal migration
A healthy and green environment will make everybody happy. Fruits and vegetables will provide enough food for everyone. So people are able to run small businesses and send their children to school. Education and creating jobs is the best weapon against extremism and illegal migration. We’re growing food security, for the millions that go hungry every day.