The Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP) in support of the Great Green Wall Initiative.


This umbrella program, approved by GEF Council on May 26, 2011, supports the implementation of a country-driven vision for integrated natural resource management for sustainable and climate-resilient development in 12 countries in West Africa and the Sahel using a landscape approach.

The green wall vision initially focused on tree planting along a narrow strip, but has since evolved into an integrated ecosystem management approach that generates multiple wins, from food security and livelihoods to environmental public goods such as carbon retention, reduced climate risk exposure, water use efficiency, soil health, and sustainable biodiversity use. Through efforts of several other leaders in the region, the new approach has been embraced by the AU following adoption of the Decision on the Implementation of the Green Wall for the Sahara Initiative by the Assembly of the AU in January 2007.

BRICKS (Building Resilience through Innovation, Communication and Knowledge Services) is a regional project that connects the 12 country project teams and partners working on the Great Green Wall Initiative, and provides opportunities for south-south learning; using M&E tools, geospatial services, best practices, peer review; and portfolio-wide communication. Read More