Gathering data on GGW Initiatives needs harmonisation for Africa’s benefits–Hassan

The haphazard nature of gathering data and reporting in the diverse initiatives especially as it affects the Great Green Wall (GGW) Initiative needed to be harmonised to guide effective implementation processes across the African Sub-region, Dr. Bukar Hassan has stressed.

Dr. Hassan, the Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), made this known at a ‘National Stakeholders’ Workshop on the Prioritization of Indicators for Monitoring Sustainable Land Management within the Great Green Wall (GGW) Operational in Areas in Nigeria’.

Delivering his opening address, Dr. Hassan, explained that the technical workshop shall review the document put together from diverse initiatives and interventions under the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), and come out with harmonised and validated indicators from several Result Frameworks.

As a veritable contribution to addressing the challenges associated with global drylands, he said several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been involved in proffering solutions and way forward for the amelioration of droughts, land degradation, desertification and effects of climate change.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr. Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, noted that the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI) was established purposefully, to reverse land degradation and desertification by supporting local communities in the sustainable management and use of natural resources.

“The initiative has been contributing immensely to climate change mitigation and adaptation, securing food security and providing sustainable livelihoods, hence to poverty reduction.

“Now that the GGWI is becoming a reality, and some programmes and projects have made significant investments in sustainable land and water management and improved land-use planning within the GGW operational areas, there is need to establish a systematic way and structured approach through smart indicators for tracking and reporting on the progress made towards achieving sustainable land management in the GGW implementation process,” Enitan said.

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